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Work practices not so family-friendly: Dads need flexibility too

Updated: 14 Apr 2016

Fifty-five per cent of employees in China say their employers still fall short of expectations when it comes to supporting family-friendly work practices, according to a survey by recruiting experts Hays. 


In the survey of 412 people, 24 per cent said their workplace is not supportive of family-friendly work practices and a further 31 per cent said there is some support but not enough. The final 45 per cent of respondents said their companies have family-friendly practices.


The results suggest that more could be done to enable both the primary caregiver to remain in employment and encourage supporting partners to take a greater role in parenting responsibilities.


“Businesses that support employees as they start or grow their families are more likely to hold onto skilled and dedicated staff,” says Simon Lance, Regional Director of Hays in China.


“But it’s not just working women that need access to family-friendly working arrangements. Companies can support both parents through such measures as paid and unpaid parental leave, personal leave to care for sick or injured children and offering ‘keeping in touch days’ during parental leave.”


According to Hays, the benefits of work and family flexibilities can be achieved in all workplaces, regardless of the size of the business.


“There are many benefits to employers in creating family-friendly work practices for both Mums and Dads, including reducing absenteeism, increasing productivity, retaining skilled staff and reducing training costs, reducing staff turnover, attracting new employees, being recognised as an employer of choice and increasing morale and job satisfaction,“ says Simon.


“A balance between work and family allows staff to use employment arrangements to help them manage both family and lifestyle commitments, as well as the needs of their employer.


“The broader economy would also benefit since with family-friendly work practices more people, predominantly women, can remain in paid employment after having children. This means that participation in the workforce would rise.


Hays, the world’s leading recruiting experts in qualified, professional and skilled people.


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About Hays

Hays is the leading global specialist recruiting group. It is the expert at recruiting qualified, professional and skilled people worldwide.


Hays Specialist Recruitment  (Shanghai) Co., Limited ("Hays China") operates across the public and private sector, dealing in permanent positions. Hays China’s eighteen specialisms span Accountancy & Finance, Banking, Architecture, Construction, Education, Engineering, Executive, Finance Technology, Human Resources, Hays Resource Management, Information Technology, Insurance, Life Sciences, Manufacturing & Operations, Oil & Gas, Property and Sales & Marketing.


Hays China operates four local offices in Shanghai, Beijing, Suzhou and Guangzhou. It is the local representative office for Hays plc, which is a global company with more than 7,840 staff operating from 239 offices in 33 countries across 20 specialisms.


Hays operates in the following countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Chile, China, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UAE, the UK and the USA.