“We really want to create a ripple effect across the industry so this is about changing things for generations to come, both men and women,” she said. “The new policy aims not only to improve the situation in Carlisle, but also across the industry. It is really time for changes in the industry. “
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Hunt said the company intentionally wanted to develop a holistic program that would offer both financial assistance and wellbeing, rather than an off-the-shelf package. A [email protected] The program provides advice and resources to help fathers who want to take on more active roles in family life. Carlisle’s EAP service has also been extended to all family members of an employee, adding advice and support services to the safety net.
Carlisle has also set up an on-site parental home in the new Mulgrave office building and is currently testing a co-funded school vacation program for primary school children through a third party provider.
Construction remains one of the most male-dominated industries in the country, with female labor force participation growth stagnating, currently at around 12%. A recent study by the University of Sydney and Queensland University of Technology found that the majority of business leaders in the industry are unaware of the negative impact of human resource policies and practices on gender discrimination.