Supporting families to thrive

Neuroscience tells us that healthy and dependable relationships, such as those that thriving families provide, play a critical role in developing resilience and performance. In early life, healthy relationships wire our brains for positive outcomes. Throughout our lives they are as important to our overall health as sleeping, diet and exercise.

Healthy family relationships support effective workers. For this reason, organisations have a strong vested interest in considering family a core sustainability issue, and in supporting families to thrive.

All families are complex, diverse and dynamic. Fastn research finds that for many employees, employment policies and practices are out of step with the realities of their family lives.

Policies and practices frequently fail to recognise the close connection between family dynamics and employee performance. As employees manage the tensions between their lived realities and unrealistic work expectations, family relationships are undermined, and resilience and efficacy suffer.

In uncertain times, senior leaders face a stark choice: support the sustainability of thriving families and improve employee resilience and performance, or cling to outdated employment policies and practices and oversee the decline of staff resilience and performance. Failing to reform could compromise the outcomes of employees and their family members for generations to come.

Successful senior leaders will make a strategic and ongoing commitment to support thriving families in every part of their business, supply chains, and the communities in which they operate.

To inform leaders’ commitment to thriving families, this paper presents actions to be taken at different stages of a continuous improvement journey, under the following headlines:

  1. Understand how employees’ families are impacted by work
  2. Make employment policies and practices family-friendly
  3. Put thriving families at the organisation’s core.

Read the full paper to find out more.