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Grace Papers is designed for working parents and caregivers, by working parents and caregivers. We are here to provide you with support, knowledge and confidence – and a vision and plan – for your career ambition, that still gives you the freedom to care for self, care for others and care for the community.

Learn more about how we support parents and carers via our Employee Experience Platform.

Research shows that taking parental leave and working flexibly can expose you to unintended biases that can impact your career goals. It’s a systemic issue, but our strategies, guidance and support ensure you keep in touch and remain visible to keep your career on track.

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In 2017, the Pew Research Center sat down with 4573 Americans and asked them to list three adjectives to describe how men and women should and shouldn’t be. The questionnaire revealed positive attributes for a woman included ‘kindness’, ‘compassion’ and ‘responsibility’.


Catherine Maiuto works in the Woolworth’s property division and here she discusses balancing family life with a career in a male dominated industry. Hint: It takes a village

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Why flexible working arrangements are so much more than just whether you spend your days at home or at the office.

How Claire March achieved the flexibility to pursue her career whilst caring for her family by understanding what’s most important to her

Chanduni shares her experience as a first time Mum returning to work and the positive impact of on demand coaching on her career confidence.

In this month’s Lead with Grace, CEO Prue Gilbert shares coaching insights into the career barriers women are facing, and proposes 5 strategies workplaces need to implement if hybrid is to accelerate gender balance.

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Julie Moss shares how Transgrid's balanced Primary Care options promote well-being and support for all, with more men than ever taking parental leave or accessing flexible work.

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Psychologist Sabina Read believes asking someone: “What is the hardest thing about being you at the moment?” can be a great way to open a conversation about the worries and responsibilities we are carrying around inside our minds every day.

In a recent Live Coaching, Xero’s Camilla Britton shared how she showed up for herself, her family and her team whilst starting a new job in the pandemic.

As we return to the office, do you know what kind of flexible work is best for you or your team? Prue Gilbert explores how to support leaders through Flex.

Parenting neurodiverse kids is highly personal and ultimately something that no one else can do for you. It’s important to have a plan for how to deal with unsolicited advice.

Jess shares the story of her daughter Lilly, and how workplaces can support bereaved parents with empathy and understanding as they return to work.

Ambition bias, gender bias and caregiving bias are real barriers in women's careers. Here are tips for employers to support women as they transition back to work after taking parental leave.

Prue Gilbert, Grace Paper's CEO reflects on how to create healthy workplaces by taking the stigma out of flex working.

When it comes to women in the workplace, we hear a lot about barriers to leadership. But for new and expectant parents, there’s another barrier they come across much sooner in their careers: the parental wall.

Workplaces should empower psychological safety for all people regardless of gender, and gender equality should be the norm, not the exception.

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Our live coaching events help our community connect and find their voice on issues that matter. Sessions are virtual and feature an inspiring range of professionals and industry leaders who share both their expertise and lived experience, as we address everything from career and care to health and happiness. Best of all, the coaching format invites you to ask your questions too.

If you would like to join us for a live coaching session, please submit your request below and we will be in touch with steps to register.

“I really appreciated the chance to participate in recent Grace Papers online events. It felt like an opportunity to celebrate the workplace flexibility that was being simultaneously experienced by all the participants as a result of the COVID restrictions at the time. Grace Papers and its program has always provided me with the reassurance that ‘I am not alone’ and given me strength to really consider what I want my work to look like after having children.

From these recent events, the question of ‘what sparks joy in your role’ really struck a chord with me. I’ve also thought a lot more about the rituals in my life that are important to me and how best to work with those around me to communicate my needs. It encouraged me to ponder the value of the softer leadership skills in today’s world. I have also thought a lot more about the role models and potential sponsors in my life that can further assist me in working towards a fulfilling return to work.”

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Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning Victoria

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