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New research into work-family policies around the world

By OnePlusOne, 24 August 2015 Children, Employment, Health, Mental health, Parenting, Strengthening relationships, Stress, Transitions, Work-life balance

Across the world, the importance of work–family policies to the wellbeing of families and individuals has been apparent for a number of decades. A review by the Australian Institute of Family Studies has focused on policies and approaches implemented by governments across the world that address work and family issues for people with caring responsibilities for children or those in later life.

In the area of work and family, governments have taken different approaches, sometimes reflecting different objectives and funding arrangements. The report therefore focuses on: leave and return-to-work policies; child care, child payments and early childhood education; working hours and other aspects of employment; and support and promotion of work–family initiatives. The final section of the report draws out some of the overriding issues and challenges for the development of work–family policies.

This research aligns with some of our own work on Relational Capability, and the impact a positive work-life balance can have on both your personal and professional life. You can read more about Relational Capability here, and read the Australian Institute of Family Studies full report here.

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