The results are in! First National Working Families Survey reveals work-life conflict takes a toll on personal and family wellbeing

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29 October 2019

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We were a proud sponsor of the first National Working Families Survey conducted in July in collaboration with Parents at Work, corporate Australia and two Australian universities. This national study obtained feedback from more than 6,000 working parents and carers across Australia on how workplaces could be made more family friendly and gender equal.

Findings have revealed the significant toll that work-life conflict has on personal and family wellbeing.  Karitane CEO, Grainne O’Loughlin said parents taking stress home from work impacts not only on their wellbeing but also the wellbeing of their children, particularly when there is a lack of employer support.

“This report found half of all parents returning to work after parental leave report significant fatigue; a third are worried and anxious; and one in five report feeling depressed. We know the first 2,000 days shapes a child’s future and they develop many of the skills and abilities that help them grow into productive adults. We need to support parents and families in this critical time” she said.

This is why in 2016 Karitane launched a range of Business Support Packages providing flexible workplace parenting education and support to employees navigating the challenge of balancing parenting with a career. For more info on how we support parents to better manage their work and parenting responsibilities visit

For more detailed findings in the report visit 

Stay tuned for the release of the first National Working Families Report in full in November!

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