Welcome to another episode of The F Word at Work where we join Helen Letchfield co-founder of P&P coaching which she set up in 2009 based on her personal experience of the startling transition of moving from being a professional with a senior role, to a sleep-deprived, brand-new, home-alone parent – and then back again into the world of organisational politics and career demands – all on reduced hours. In this thought-provoking conversation Helen shares her insights on what has changed in the workplace well-being space over the last 16 years and what she thinks are key trends for 2023.
What was discussed:
- Primary and Secondary caregivers
- What has changed over the last 16 years in terms of workplaces understanding wellbeing – more about legal cases
- Now it’s around helping everyone back into the workplace after becoming parents
- What it means to be a family-friendly supporting organisation
- Importance of making people feel welcomed and supported at work
- Progressive organisations are using that for an attraction and retentions tool
- How the pandemic has helped to shifted the awareness around looking after new parents and leadership develop
- How post-pandemic both Mums and Dads were asking for flexibility ch
- How virtual sessions have enabled a greater reach with people feeling happier as they are able to have these conversations at home
- The choice of partitioner can be determined by the coach, not location
- Why employers are worried about giving ‘managers’ more to do – as senior managers hadn’t done the role play needed to coach middle managers – there was a skill and knowledge gap
- Didn’t realise the impact it has to be supportive
- How organisations are now more ready to look at the whole cycle – happy to look more at what family-friendly means – including looking at fertility issues and menopause, gendered ageism.
- How different organisations in different sectors are in different places in terms of taking this whole conversation.
- Finance and Law sectors – lead the way, now more male-heavy, male-dominated sectors such as manufacturing are coming to talk about these issues as they are recognising the need.
- Fertility keeps coming up time and time again as people recognise they want to break the taboo
- Need to support HR, D&I, Managers in taking on these new roles
- Ensure that initiates are put out for men and women
- Create an equal playing field
- Trends in 2023 – work to prove that this work does support the attraction and retention route
- Gendered ageism – the impact on the over 50’s and the importance of this population
- Making sure managers don’t make assumptions about anyone’s circumstances
Thanks once again to our series sponsor Apricity.
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