Rachel Matheson's Blog (5)

The Future of Work: Flexibility and Carer-Friendly Workplaces

During the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic it has been heartening to see recognition for many in the community who are often invisible and who do such valuable work. 

The pandemic has also seen the adoption of flexible working arrangements at scale and pace by many employers. This has not been without its challenges and much has been written on the topic.

For those that…


Added by Rachel Matheson on July 13, 2020 at 16:00 — No Comments

Carers and the Coronavirus (COVID-19) | Impacts to Employees

The current coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis has presented governments and employers with significant challenges. It has also bought about new challenges for carers and the people they care for. Before we look at these, it is important to remember:

  • A carer is someone who provides unpaid support to a friend or family member who has a disability, mental illness, drug or alcohol dependency, chronic condition,…

Added by Rachel Matheson on April 20, 2020 at 11:53 — No Comments

Distinguishing parents and carers in the workplace, why it matters

Many workplaces have information, policies, portals and hubs for parents caring for children. Supporting families and developing family friendly workplaces is to be applauded. Parents and guardians who access parental leave are often classified as primary or secondary carers.

However, it is important to know that there is a large group of people who are carers (1 in 8 according to Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2015) that do not include parents (with some exceptions). Commonwealth…


Added by Rachel Matheson on October 30, 2019 at 12:24 — No Comments

Diversity and inclusion in the workforce: defining employees who are carers

While 1 in 8 is the official figure for the number of Australian employees who are carers, it is likely that this is an under representation as many carers don’t identify as one. This is particularly so for people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and for Aboriginal Australians.

It is important that…


Added by Rachel Matheson on September 20, 2019 at 13:00 — No Comments

Workforce Management | Creating Carer Friendly Workplaces

In the coming years, more people than ever before will need to take on caring responsibilities.

Advances in medical technology mean that people with disability are living longer, while Australians are retiring later and choosing to age at home. If employees are not…


Added by Rachel Matheson on August 26, 2019 at 16:48 — No Comments

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