Workplace flexibility is an important aspect of a diverse and inclusive culture. We are committed to making flexibility a part of our business, not special treatment or an unusual occurrence.

We support all types of flexibility, and for families, we offer leading Parental leave to all eligible AGL employees including 20 weeks of paid parental leave and two weeks of paid partner leave along with flexible work options to help integrate different demands.

In celebration of Father’s Day, we asked a few questions of some of our AGL dads about being a Dad and how flexibility is working for them.

Matty Soccio - Senior Manager, Content and Digital

matty-310818 What do you love most about being a Dad?

I'm a first time dad and my son is now 9 months old. I appreciate the challenge he has starting everything we take for granted (walking, talking) from scratch. I love seeing him learn. Initially I didn't know what it meant to be a dad until I took him to the ocean and saw the expressions he made. It dawned on me how important my role is in guiding him through life, in equal step with my wife Pippa.

I am currently on 18 weeks parental leave while my wife goes back to work full time. This allows me to spend valuable time with my son Matteo while he's in a crucial stage of his intellectual and emotional development; something that fathers haven't traditionally had a chance to do.

My own father laments that he didn't get to spend more time with me and my sister when we were small, so AGL's parental leave policy represents a new opportunity for parents to have a stronger equal influence on their children's lives and values.

What do you think AGL and other workplaces can do to support Aussie Dads?

Keep the awareness of parental and family programs/initiatives front of mind; stereotypes of traditional family roles are still very strong in Australia and we can only change them if dads know they exist and have adequate support to utilise them.

Girsh Nyker - IST Business Partner & Communications Manager

girsh-310818 What do you love most about being a dad?

I am a single dad to Hendrix who is nearly 9. Hendrix is a great kid. He’s calm, well centred with a beautiful nature - compassionate, caring and loving. He is also an outdoorsy kid who loves camping and being out and about playing soccer and football. For Hendrix, life’s all about playtime!

What do you think AGL and other workplaces can do to support Aussie Dads?

I think AGL is on the right path in acknowledging parents equally. I would like to see AGL keep pushing the boundaries and understand the modern challenges parents – especially single parents –face.

I work flexibly by working from home when I need to. I am attending a Father’s Day event this week, in the past I may not have done this with a previous employer. AGL builds the culture that enables me to put my family first. I think this is important to role model for my son. Not only to be there for him but to role model parenting for the future and for my colleagues.

It would also be great to help single dads in promoting conversations and connections. There is a story here that’s not really told. It’s not always easy – but it’s certainly rewarding.

Scott Te Paa - Warehouse Operator at Loy Yang

scott-310818 What do you love most about being a dad?

Ruby is 8 and is a little gem as the name would suggest! We spend many hours in my home studio playing music together. She loves to paint and read and is always humming or singing a tune. She’s my little songbird! Justin is 6 and is a ball of energy, he loves to dance and express himself through movement and emotion.

Whenever I am doing any DIY projects around the house he is always passing me the nails and sweeping up the sawdust. He wants to be a Builder, Train Driver, Astronaut and Veterinarian. Needless to say, he is going to be a busy boy!

The thing I love about being a dad is sharing all the good times and bad with these great kids and trying to instil solid values and morals in them - so they will be well equipped to take on the challenges that life will throw at them in coming years.

What do you think AGL and other workplaces can do to support Aussie dads?

AGL has been great to me whenever I have needed flexibility for family related reasons, I think it would be great to have some training days on managing a good balance between work and family and maybe some tips on parenting methods.

We want to support dads to be there for their children when they are born and during the parental journey. It is one of the reasons why AGL will be partnering with a program provider of education and coaching services for parents, carers, leaders and workplaces.