It’s inevitable that many business employees will one day become parents, whether that’s through adoption, surrogacy or any of the many ways available. As employers, it’s crucial that work is inclusive and allows employees (of any gender) to thrive as a parent balancing both personal and professional responsibilities.
The Equality Act of 2010 protects employees from discrimination and victimization because of pregnancy and maternity. Acas published guidance on tackling Pregnancy and Maternity Discrimination at Work to help employers understand this better, and ensures that new parents don’t fall victim to discrimination.
One of the key areas in creating inclusive workplaces for parents is understanding that both women and men are parents.
Research by Acas has found that both men and women can struggle as working parents. Fewer fathers have been found to take up flexible working arrangements and even paternity leave, sacrificing time with their families. Whilst many women struggle to retain their career paths.
Flexible and family-friendly working is becoming more and more valued by employees throughout their careers. Data shows that seven million people in the UK are parents and carers, so addressing these concerns and ensuring your organization understands the challenges faced for this population will be fundamental in ensuring you are an inclusive employer that attracts and values parents in the workplace.