When we thought of this website, we envisioned having the most comprehensive family friendly employment resources area of any employment website in Australia. While we’ve got a way to go yet, we think we’ve started out pretty strongly.
This area, dedicated to family friendly employment, contains all things family friendly employment. What it is, who is doing it, why they are doing it and everything in between.
If you have considered implementing a family friendly or flexible working environment into your business or you have one and would like some help with it, you have come to right place.
Family Friendly Employment Definition *
Best practice employers foster flexibility to achieve a better balance between work and family responsibilities for all employees. From reduced absenteeism to improved productivity and job satisfaction, there are significant benefits for employees and employers in providing flexibilities for work and family balance.
Work and family flexibilities ensure employers and employees balance work and family commitments by using employment arrangements that help employees manage family and lifestyle commitments while taking into account business needs. The benefits of work and family flexibilities can be achieved in all workplaces, regardless of the size of the business, by developing and implementing family-friendly workplace policies.
* Source: Fair Work Ombudsman Australia
Types of Family Friendly Employment
Flexible full-time is the combination of multiple family friendly employment concepts into one. It means early starts and finish times or late starts and late finishes, it could mean working from home or a remote location some days and doing more hours one day in preparation to do less in a coming day or week.
Telework is working regularly from a place other than the office, in most cases from a home office. Telework utilises information and communications technology to stay connected to colleagues and work systems. Telework is one of the most common of forms of flexible working arrangement with employers offering both part-time and full-time opportunities.
Job sharing is a flexible work arrangement that generally entails two (or more) people performing a job that is normally done by a single person in a full time position. Even though job sharing has been around since the 1980’s, it is a concept that has not been broadly applied in Australian workplaces.
Fly-in-fly-out or FIFO (drive-in-drive-out – DIDO), as it is commonly called now, is a form of flexible full-time work. It is most commonly found in the mining, oil and gas industries, where work sites are often in geographically remote areas. The workers for these sites are transported in from where they live and are then transported back at predetermined intervals.
Part time and casual work hours have been part of the employment scene for a very long time and would be considered the most common types of flexible work arrangements available. Part time workers work for an agreed number of hours each week whilst casual employees work as required.
While seemingly not that common in Australia, term-time employment is still a very valid family friendly employment option for parents of school age children. As the name suggest, it’s essentially working during the school terms only. This can be full-time, part-time or casual and incorporate other flexible employment types such as telework. The main benefit to parents are that they eliminate their care needs during school holiday periods. The main benefit to employers would be the rigidity of the scheme as they know in advance when an employee will be present and when they will not and be able to plan for that.
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This arrangement enables employees to increase their annual leave entitlement in exchange for a pro rata reduction of remuneration. For example, the employee takes eight weeks of annual leave each year instead of four, and receives payment for 48 weeks per year instead of 52. Again this can be popular with parents who need to cope with school holiday periods.
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