SUPPORTING PARENTS, WOMEN, FAMILIES
Origin CEO Frank Calabria said, “Expanding dedicated breastfeeding facilities from Origin’s metropolitan offices to regional offices and sites was critical in supporting working parents, in particular breastfeeding mothers, and creating a family-friendly workplace.
“This is a very practical example of how we’re removing barriers for parents returning to work and improving the diversity of our workforce.”
STRIKING THE RIGHT WORK / FAMILY BALANCE
For Senior Field Advisor Anje Schimpf, whose role involves travel to rural and remote locations in Queensland, the move has reaffirmed Origin as a progressive and flexible company.
Working two weeks on / two weeks off also means 12 hour days for Anje when she is on shift. When it came time to take maternity leave, Anje felt supported with the provision of parental leave and was also able to take leave later in her pregnancy when it was no longer physically possible to undertake fieldwork.
After welcoming her son Vincent, Anje’s focus with her return to work is around achieving work/family balance. “Origin actively promotes and supports a work/life balance for its people with a range of options available including flexible working hours, working from home, part-time work options, different varieties of paid and unpaid leave and volunteer programs,” said Anje.
“The move to provide a dedicated space with breastfeeding facilities at remote sites and in regional offices is just another great example of Origin helping employees achieve a