Inspiring the next generation starts at home

Inspiring the next generation starts at home


Inspiring the next generation starts at home

HAPPY Fathers Day to all who are celebrating! Being a parent is a profound honour, and one that I have the privilege of bearing. I am a proud father of two, and as a working parent, I fully acknowledge the importance of both parents having the time and support they need to be present for their children and play and active role in their development.

This is why I am glad to see Unicef advocating for at least six months of paid leave for all parents, among other practices that are critical for the development of families and socially cohesive societies. According to Unicef, some policies that businesses should consider to create a more family-friendly workplace include equality in the workplace, proper nursing facilities, instituting flexible working arrangements, supporting access to affordable and quality childcare, and more.

Looking back on my days as a first-time father, this support helped ease me into my new role, as young parents at Digi are also able to claim several expenses related to family care, such as child delivery expenses, day care fees, expenses and insurance premiums for the immediate family associated to life, medical and education, family vacation expenses and more.

I do believe that in order to achieve a good balance for how we work and live, more organisations should consider and adopt family-friendly policies to ensure the wellbeing and growth of their employees. It is in the strength of the people that a company thrives and succeeds. The same is true with families and society. If we can do our part, why not you?Philip Ling is the Head of Sustainability at Digi, who supports Unicef’s call for governments and businesses to redesign workplaces to be more family-friendly .

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