Parents working at Organon have been given up to three hours a day to support children in their remote learning activities during the Sydney Winter lockdown.
Announced this week by the recently launched women’s health company, Managing Director Nirelle Tolsoshev told Women’s Agenda the move is part of a number of initiatives created to help staff avoid burnout and stress during this period. They are supporting 61 staff in Sydney, as well as more across the country.
She told the team there would be no requirement to make up for the time spent on remote learning activities and supporting kids. She also said all staff would be given two hours a day to support their “wellbeing”: to exercise, rest, rejuvenate or whatever else is needed.
These are support measures that come in stark contrast to what other Sydney employers are doing, including the council we reported on last week who asked staff to sign a declaration that they would not be working from home while also taking primary caring and remote learning responsibilities for children under the age of eight.
Meanwhile, Organon also says that staff will be given time off to get vaccinated. They are being encouraged to take time for themselves during the day to focus on their health and wellbeing and urged to structure their workday in a way that suits their personal circumstances and is mindful of other colleagues. They have also aimed to shift and shorten meetings and re-prioritise certain types of work.
Tolstoshev said that she is particularly proud of their leadership for taking steps to minimize stress.
“As leaders we need to support our teams and the broader community, to apply empathy, focus on wellbeing and create space for our people to balance homeschooling and work priorities. This is good for our people, and good for the community to keep children learning.
This is a business that understands that responsibility for children during these lockdown periods should not fall on parents alone, that children are currently being kept home to protect the community.
This is how you support staff and their children during a lockdown.