The concept of self-care is often misunderstood, leading to many parents putting self-care practice into the ‘too hard’ basket, even though it is an essential part of parenthood.
In the modern workforce, workers of all genders juggle caring responsibilities with paid work. Finding ways to help out on the homefront keeps employees happier, more engaged, and more productive at work, which is always good for business.
Retaining more parents by helping them create a work-parent equilibrium has saved organisations up to 1.5 times an employee’s salary, as a result of reduced business costs related to recruitment, retraining and restructures.
Life as a working parent is incredibly fulfilling, but it isn’t always easy. Parenting is an 18-year gig that affects men, women, adoptive and biological parents, parents with newborns and teenagers — all in different ways.
Mums and dads everywhere, at all stages of parenthood, are desperately trying to successfully juggle their work and life hours to create a routine that works for their careers and their families.
The challenges are real at work and at home. Author Annabel Crabb summarises this perfectly:
“The obligation for working mothers is a very precise one: the feeling that one ought to work as if one did not have children while raising one’s children as if one did not have a job.”
Parents often create extra, unwarranted pressure on themselves at work. An overzealous disposition to prove to yourself, your coworkers, and your boss that you work like you don’t have other responsibilities or priorities in life. And whilst this mindset is creating immense stress for working parents, the side-effect is that they cannot see ways to make positive changes for themselves; both at work or at home.
Although 2 in 5 Australian employees are parents, many businesses still struggle to:
Most businesses rely on solutions such as flex-work arrangements and generalist wellbeing and professional development programs to address these challenges. This leads to loss of talent and large, unnecessary business costs associated with recruitment, retraining and restructuring.
Our Thrive! working parent wellbeing program supports your employee to become a more passionate, engaged and creative member of your workforce. Helping them to understand:
is critical to your employee’s sense of self-worth and their ability to be productive and happy at work.
The Thrive! program is ideal for businesses looking to:
if it were more parent-positive and flexible [AHRC]
within the next 12 months due to difficulties combining their job with caring [PAW]
and state they are under ‘a lot’ of stress or ‘a great deal’ of stress [PAW]
Claire W. / Marketing Manager
When I first started coaching I didn’t know what I wanted from the sessions but it became obvious the moment I started talking. I feel a lot clearer around the kind of working mother I want to be.
April H. / Childcare Centre Director
Coaching is a fantastic opportunity to learn who you are and what is important to you. To know that you are not alone with how you are feeling and that you can change this.
Alyssa T. / Communications Manager
[Coaching] has been extremely helpful in helping me to better manage stress, rebuild confidence and identify the things that make me feel fulfilled.
Jodie N. / Teacher
Thank you, Nikki, for an interesting and engaging series. It was a timely reminder for me. Thank you for providing a prompt to pause, reflect and develop some strategies and an action plan to address my wellness.
Simone / Office Admin
From the very first session, I felt like a cloud had been lifted from my mind. Then, with each session, my mind has become more clear as I find myself again. Thank you so much, Nikki.
Rebecca O. / Teacher
I love what you are doing for mothers like me. You are inspirational and have such a powerful and positive impact on many of us women, who need this in our lives.
Jessica S. / Small Business Owner
I really liked working with Nikki. I felt comfortable to talk and share. A really friendly, safe environment. It was just what I needed at the time. Thank you.
Irene D. / Not-For-Profit Admin
Having a wellness coach gave me the opportunity to talk about myself and my life in a way that I never have before. Through working with Nikki, I was able to identify my inner strengths and passions and apply them to many areas of my life.