Established by UNICEF Australia and Parents At Work, Family Friendly Workplaces is a new initiative that aims to bridge the work and family divide. It uses a set of National Work + Family Standards to assist organisations in implementing a range of policies, practices and processes that will help them create and support a Family Friendly Workplace culture.
Data#3 Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Laurence Baynham, commented, “Our vision is to harness the power of people and technology for a better future. As such, our people are the key to our success. Through being endorsed as a Family Friendly Workplace, we have an opportunity to bolster our efforts of supporting our people and have an avenue to showcase our commitment and passion for doing so.”
Having a strong people focus has never been more important than over the last 18 months where the impact of COVID-19 has had profound effects. As a result, workers have experienced significant changes, not only to the way they view work, but where, when and how they work.
Data#3 Group Manager OD&HR, Tash Macknish, commented, “Creating a culture where our people feel supported and included is incredibly important to us. For those who do have parenting and caring responsibilities, it can sometimes feel challenging to meet the demands of both their professional and personal worlds. That’s why we have taken steps to become accredited as a Family Inclusive Workplace.”
Data#3 has always prioritised and cared for its people through providing, flexible work practices, accommodating leave arrangements, annual wellness days and an assortment of corporate benefits. However, through being involved in this initiative, the company is now better positioned to provide more meaningful support to its people to assist them through whatever walk of life they are on.
“Achieving work-life balance is a goal for all our people and it looks different to every individual. As a business, we are continuously looking for programs and initiatives to support our people in achieving this goal. Being an accredited Family Friendly Workplace further demonstrates our commitment to best practices in relation to work-life balance,” concluded Macknish.