New Horizons at Work: Employers

An employer’s reference tool  to getting the best from employees who are single parents.

A really wide and comprehensive study was conducted in Germany which included 135 companies of different sizes found that 41% of the financial success of a company is based on the “right handling” of the existing “human capital”.

This good performing human capital constitutes a wide range of workers; representing different living situations, and attitudes towards life and experiences. Not dissimilar to your own clients and customers.
You, as a manager or an HR expert, surely know how to deal with and care about the diverse workforce in your organisation.
What you may not know is that single parents can be among the most motivated, hard-working and loyal employees. And that their numbers and share among your staff are on the rise.

In this programme, you will find tools for working with single parents to help you make the most out of their creativity, flexibility and strength within your company. Additionally, you’ll find that you can use the skills you’ve learned here for expanding your own team’s diversity.

In this reference tool, you will find supportive and helpful
A) facts and figures,
B) hints and tools,
C) success stories and good practice examples,
D) short paragraphs, figures, slides and some videos.

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New Horizons at Work: Employers
Work: Employers An employer’s guide to getting the best from employees who are single parents.
Module 1 Welcome!
How to work with the course.
Unit 1 Unit 1: Getting started
Module 2 Why work-family balance matters
This module explains why work-family balance can increase your profits and reputation; and why single parents are a hidden asset of your organization.
Unit 1 Unit 1 - Why every company should invest into work-family balance
Unit 2 Unit 2 - Increasing diversity to increase profit
Unit 3 Unit 3 - Single parents can be an asset
Unit 4 Unit 4 - Quiz Ireland: Single Parents
Unit 5 Unit 5 - How you can help single parents do their best
Module 3 Measures promoting work-family balance
This module will guide you through family friendly provisions that are especially useful for single parents, and shows which skills of single parents can be used in their work.
Unit 1 Unit 1 - Introduction
Unit 2 Unit 2 - Family friendly provisions in the workplace
Unit 3 Unit 3 - Promoting transferable skills as a way of promoting WLB
Unit 4 Unit 4 - Make it work for single parents
Module 4 Learn from the success of others: Good practice examples
In this module you will find case studies covering systematic approach and innovative processes in companies that are implementing family friendly provisions. You can also get some inspiration from single parents successful at work.
Unit 1 Unit 1 - How it pays off - Return of investments
Unit 2 Unit 2 - Case studies
Unit 3 Unit 3 -Successful single parents as role models
Module 5 Move to action
This modules proposes how to implement family friendly provisions, especially how to gather data. It is mainly intended for SMEs as larger companies usually outsource such services.
Unit 1 Unit 1 - How to implement
Unit 2 Unit 2 - How to gather data?
Unit 3 Unit 3 - Introducing family friendly provisions at your workplace: useful resources
Module 6 Helpful Resources related to employment of single parents
This module offers selected information on legal issues concerning single parents at work, and the social context of several countries.
Unit 1 Unit 1 - Legislation and social context
Unit 2 Unit 2 - Who provides support to employers?
Unit 3 Unit 3 - Further information
Unit 4 Unit 4 - Final Quiz
Unit 5 Unit 5 - End of the course
Module 7 OPTIONAL - Managerial practices and concepts promoting Work-Family Balance
Interesting managerial concepts related to introducing Work-Family Balance measures in your company are introduced: adaptive leadership, informal networks etc. Optional module.
Unit 1 Unit 1 - The importance of informal networks
Unit 2 Unit 2 - How to discover informal networks
Unit 3 Unit 3 - Learning organisations and adaptive approach
Unit 4 Unit 4 - Adaptive leadership