Lucinda Brogden, Chair of the National Mental Health Commission said “The number 1 topic to employee assistance services is parenting. The best investment in prevention of mental health is parenting; we need to invest in parenting support services.”
Supporting parents to better manage their work and parenting responsibilities assists with; improving retention, increasing diversity, improving productivity and building a family inclusive culture.
“We offer evidence based educational programs and practical strategies for everyday parenting delivered in flexible formats in the workplace. Everything from live webinars to lunch ’n’ learns on topics including sleep and settling, feeding and nutrition, toddler behaviour and tantrums, children and screen time to separation anxiety and transition. Supporting parents in your business today is realising their full potential and building the workplace of the future” said Grainne O’Loughlin.
Parents At Work CEO, Emma Walsh agrees and adds that it’s particularly critical we engage fathers as caregivers. “Traditionally, we have pigeon-holed men as ‘breadwinners’ and mothers as primary ‘caregivers’. This has to change if we’re serious about achieving gender equality and improving the mental health in families.”
Steve ‘The Commando’ Willis shared how his journey of being a father has changed. “How I parented my first child (now 21 years old) to how I parent now is vastly different. I fathered how I thought fathers should be which was how my father fathered me. Because of the work I have done on myself, I’m a lot more aware, coming at it from a different perspective. I made the conscious decision to be present, I want to play a significant role in my children’s life.”
Karitane partnered with leading recruiters Moir Group and People Corp and supported by McGrathNicol to host over a 100 CEOs and HR Directors to hear from industry experts about the evolving role of being a dad, balancing family and career, supporting parents at work and mental health in the workplace.