Catherine Brooks on Flexible Work for New Parents
It’s true that the modern workplace is changing, with remote working and more liberal maternity and paternity leave policies dramatically shifting how we view our daily responsibilities as an employee. And law, of course, is no exception to this change. Catherine Brooks is Principal at Moores law firm in Melbourne. She is also author of Let’s make it work, baby!, a book that looks at options around flexible work arrangements, control and autonomy over day-to-day schedules for new mothers and fathers.
On the latest episode of Beyond Billables, Catherine and I had a great a talk about this rapidly shifting professional landscape, and how any employee can make sure that they’re receiving the rights they’re entitled to.
We also cover:
The definition of discrimination, and how to handle it
How to refine your work flexibility request to make sure it’s accepted
Why law firms sometimes lag behind when it comes to flexible work
Why there’s an economic incentive for employers to help new mothers
How to make sure you’re not being taken advantage of by employers
The importance of realistic productivity for new parents
How changing social norms have revolutionised the workplace
What you need to do to make sure you’re being a responsible employee while on leave