Jon Ford

Jon Ford

Minister for Employment Protection; Regional Development; Fisheries; the Kimberley, Pilbara and Gascoyne

    Workplace flexibility the key to work/care dilemma

    25/06/2008 12:00 AM
     

    Access to flexible work arrangements for carers can provide significant benefits for employers in attracting and retaining skilled staff.

     

    This is the underlying message of a new publication launched by Employment Protection Minister Jon Ford, at a Work Life Balance seminar in Perth today.

     

    Entitled Creating carer friendly workplaces - Information and options for employers’, it outlines the benefits of flexible workplace arrangements, particularly in regards to hours, leave arrangements and working from home.

     

    The publication was developed by the Department of Consumer and Employment Protection and CarersWA to explain how flexible workplace arrangements could be used to meet business needs and accommodate employees who had carer responsibilities.

     

    Mr Ford said in Western Australia about 250,000 people had carer responsibilities and approximately 60 per cent combined those responsibilities with paid work.

     

    “One of the major barriers to participation identified by carers is the perceived lack of flexibility within the workplace to balance their work and carer responsibilities,” he said.

     

    The Minister said employers could not afford to ignore this under-utilised pool of workers, and those who implemented successful flexible workplace arrangements would reap the benefits.

     

    For further information or to access the booklet, go to http://www.worklife.wa.gov.au or phone Wageline on 1300 655 266

     

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