Cobild Announce Certification as Family Friendly Workplace


Cobild have announced their certification as a Family Inclusive Workplace™ in the next step in their continued commitment to creating a supportive & family friendly workplace culture.

The certification, a joint initiative between Unicef Australia and Parents at Work, was awarded following high achievement across six core areas of focus within the National Work + Family Standards.

The six standards for the Family Friendly Workplaces are: Flexible Work, Parental Leave, Family Care, Family Wellbeing, Leadership Culture and Measurement – with Cobild measuring well above their cohort in all six standards.

Cobild are leading the charge to become an employer of choice in construction. They have chosen to go beyond the minimum obligations under Federal and State/Territory laws to establish policy for the workplace of today.

Adriarna Nunn, Head of People and Culture at Cobild said, “operating as a family-friendly workplace has been typically viewed as a perk, however it should be a non-negotiable for any business serious about retention and talent acquisition.”

In 2021, they reviewed their Parental Leave Policy to recognise that not all families look the same.

The updated policy now supports single parent families, families with no children, same sex parents and LGBTQI+ rainbow families, blended families, polyamorous relationships and families created through longer term fostering arrangements or adoption.

Grandparents are now able to take personal leave to care for sick children, an innovative move that supports the wider family network adjusting to the post-pandemic world where parents are returning to work.

Since updating their Parental Leave Policy, Cobild have seen a 100% return to work ratio and an increase in males taking time off to spend time with family contributing to a notable shift in attitude and mindset when they’re present on site.

An internal success story of this Parental Leave Policy is Directors’ Executive Assistant (EA), Amanda, who is able to co-parent her five year old son while managing her dynamic role.

Amanda can make preschool drop off and collection a priority, transporting to swimming lessons regularly and fitting quality one-on-one time into her schedule – often not an opportunity for a busy EA in the construction industry or other industries for that matter.

“Embedding and promoting practices that genuinely support employees to thrive, goes beyond rewards and recognition serving to promulgate a culture where families and carers are actively encouraged to combine their work/life commitments, creating true harmony between the two – productivity gains inherent in such policies are not just for individual businesses, but logically extend out to the wider economy.”

Adriarna Nunn, Head of People and Culture at Cobild

Part of their commitment to a diverse workplace and making their company more supportive to women in the industry includes updating their Head Office to include a breastfeeding room.

Cobild have already seen success in introducing their five-day work week initiative and their accreditation as a family friendly workplace will further attract talent looking to work for Not Your Typical building company.

Cobild are actively hiring today and you can apply directly through your Conecta profile.

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