November 13, 2015
Alcoa attracts mums back to work every time
Alcoa offers women 16 weeks of fully paid maternity leave and a part-time return to work option of a minimum 14 hours per week - which makes the issue of childcare an easier one for mums to navigate. Through the Alcoa Women’s Network, a ‘Mums n Bubs’ support group has also been initiated, which keeps women on maternity leave connected to the workplace.
Maria Davey has been with Alcoa for 14 years and says she returned to work for Alcoa after having each of her three children. “It’s been great for my career development and balancing family life,” says Maria, who works as a Treasury Credit Analyst. “Not only was I able to ease back into work and take on different roles each time, but I can also drop off and collect my children from school each work day.”
“We have a strong commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion, and to being a company that attracts, retains and develops talented people,” said Alcoa of Australia’s Chairman and Managing Director, Michael Parker. “We have a particular focus on gender equity and we have policies focused on attracting mums back to work after they’ve been on maternity leave.”
Alcoa cites its flexible work arrangements policy and leadership commitment as critical to its status as an employer of choice. The company provides job share and working from home arrangements, part-time options, technology to assist with remote access, roster flexibility, leisure days and extended sick leave.
“A culture that embraces diversity of experience, skill, thought and background is best placed to attract and retain the best talent into the future”, said Mr Parker. “And that is exactly the kind of culture Alcoa continues to build, though we still have a way to go on our journey.”
“As a predominantly male-dominated, blue collar workplace, I am proud that our culture has evolved to better support women in the workplace. It all comes down to leadership - it’s got to be part of our DNA and integrated into everything that we do.”
Media contact: Corinne Hawke, 0407 195 102
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