The 2009-10 National Work-Life Balance Awards were launched today by the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, Julia Gillard. The awards are part of the Australian Government's efforts to encourage Australian workplaces to be more flexible and family-friendly and through that, more productive.
These awards provide public recognition for businesses, government and community organisations that are leaders in successfully integrating work-life balance whilst managing business demands. They showcase those organisations that are outstanding in achieving positive outcomes through the implementation and communication of work-life balance policies, practices and initiatives which meet the needs of both the employer and its employees.
DCA is a longstanding partner in the Awards, formerly known as the National Work & Family Awards, and is delighted that its CEO, Nareen Young, has been invited on behalf of DCA to Chair the Judging Panel for the 2009-10 Awards.
"Work-life is a key component in how we view employment diversity in the current Australian legislative environment, and well-planned and executed work-life programs are integral to any effective, sustainable and leading-edge diversity strategy at individual workplaces," says Nareen.
"DCA has been working with its members, Australia's leading diversity-oriented employers over many years to develop and implement innovative thinking and practice in this crucial area. I encourage DCA members and other employers who have worked hard to promote work-life balance for their employees to apply for the awards."
The Australian Government has expanded the number of available awards by offering separate awards for the leaders in various industry sectors. It is also funding and supporting the development of a special symbol that can be used by winners in print and online job advertisements for a period of three years from winning the award - assisting businesses to attract job-seekers. In addition, from 2010 it will be developing an Accreditation Scheme that recognises employers who meet specific targets in the achievement of work-life balance for employees.
How to apply
The awards provide an excellent opportunity to promote your business, government or community organisation’s achievements in creating a flexible, family-friendly work environment. Applications for the Awards are now open and close on Friday 4 September 2009. Applications are by self-nomination, and applicants may only apply for an award in one of the categories outlined below.
- Agriculture, forestry and fisheries
- Business and professional services
- Education, innovation and research
- Finance and insurance
- Government and community sector
- Indigenous business
- Retail and wholesale trade
- Small business (fewer than 15 employees)
- Tourism and hospitality
- Transport and storage.
Application forms and guidelines on how to apply can be found on the 2009-10 National Work-Life Balance Awards website. Click here to visit the site.
How DCA can help
DCA assists organisations build their flexibility capability through providing:
- Flexibility First, specialised training on flexible working for human resource practitioners and line managers
- auditing and measuring workplace cultures to identify how organisations can make better use of the benefits of flexibility
- information, conferences and briefings on the many aspects of work-life balance and work and family
- leading-edge research and tools to generate evidence-based information and guidance on workplace diversity and work-life balance.
In partnership with leading academics in the field, DCA is also conducting a comprehensive national survey of employees to measure key workforce attributes such as work-life balance and to provide international benchmarks. Called Working for the Future – A National Survey of Employees, this groundbreaking study is very timely and valuable for Australian business and will assist in their efforts to promote work-life balance.
For more information on this and how we can help you, contact us on (02) 9035 2852 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.