Brisbane Mums Disadvantaged by Australia’s Outdated Employment System, Employment Agency Reveals, by Failing to Promote Jobs for Housewives Returning to Work
The foundation of Australia’s employment system is outdated and excluding, by refusing to adopt the benefits of flexible working conditions as the norm for the evolving populace.
The benefits of flexible working are not only for women, but for other employees as well. When there is no space for flexibility, men suffer too. While women appreciate that they can work and have a family, men don’t realise they’ve got those choices as well. They feel like they have to be that primary money earner, and if they’re not they’ll be judged by society.
Since the 1960s when women first took to the workforce in the masses, Australia’s employment system has stayed the same, and made no allowances to keep up with the rapidly changing culture and gender roles in society. The current working model is based on an old fashioned family dynamic where men are breadwinners, and women stay at home taking care of the family and household responsibilities. This model also assumes that men are capable of committing to crazy working hours, have no intention of spending quality time with family and restricts jobs for housewives returning to work.
Principal consultant of Career Vitality – a career service that helps Brisbane mums ease back into the workforce after having children, into a job that they love – Donna Thistlethwaite says this model that insists people work at least 40 hours per week not only disadvantages mothers returning to work, but also businesses looking to hire by limiting the talent pool. Donna comments that as men and women have different ways of thinking, gender imbalance limits diversity of thoughts and approaches in organisations. www.careervitality.com.au/landingpage
“Hiring mothers in part time positions isn’t only about gender equality and doing the morally right thing; it’s also about being good for business,” says Donna. “Businesses with an imbalanced staff can potentially be limiting their room for growth, efficiency and productivity.”
As a nation, there exists a mismatch with the number of educated women in the population and the volume of females participating in the workforce. That is a cost to the individual, the country and businesses Australia wide. According to Donna, failure to remedy this disparity is largely due to a resistance to change a systematic thing; the ingrained culture may not want to see mums receive help getting back to work.
Career Vitality believes normalising work flexibility will mean that finding part time, family friendly work would not be a woman’s issue anymore. Flexible working hours could also be the answer to not just finding a work and life balance for men and women, but to staff engagement, loyalty and progression. www.careervitality.com.au/landingpage
“The benefits of flexible working are not only for women, but for other employees as well. When there is no space for flexibility, men suffer too. While women appreciate that they can work and have a family, men don’t realise they’ve got those choices as well. They feel like they have to be that primary money earner, and if they’re not they’ll be judged by society,” Donna shares.
Until the day when flexible working conditions are readily available, Career Vitality offers Brisbane mums help getting back to work, into a career that they love with family friendly hours. The career service also offers workshops for individuals or organisations on a wide range of career development topics, such as, getting the job, crafting successful resumes, how to change careers, interviewing strategies and career management.
For more information, visit www.careervitality.com.au/landingpage.
About Career Vitality
Career Vitality helps people find a career they love, and are passionate about. Principal consultant and company founder, Donna Thistlethwaite is a committed career changer, lifelong learner and redundancy survivor, and lives to help clients find their purpose and zest for their career.
Vitality, integrity, tenacity and positivity are the strengths that have been a key part of Donna’s career success and are attributes she brings to the table when working with clients.
Donna has worked across both private and public sector organisations over a career spanning almost 30 years, 15 years of which were in human resource management, shaping and guiding the careers of employees. Having interviewed thousands of candidates Donna has an understanding of what employers look for and how candidates can maximise their success in the job market. Her contributions have played a critical role in the success of a large number of technical employees transitioning to leadership positions and managers becoming more effective leaders.
With a caring, easy going, nature and a guarantee that she will always be true to her word, Donna is the perfect choice for individuals or organisations considering career services.
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- Contact Information
- Donna Thistlethwaite
- Principal Consultant
- Career Vitality
- (61) 419 120 601
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