New Horizons at Work: Employers  

New Horizons at Work: Employers – An employer’s reference tool  to getting the best from employees who are single parents.

A really wide and comprehensive study was conducted in Germany which included 135 companies of different sizes found that 41% of the financial success of a company is based on the “right handling” of the existing “human capital”.

This good performing human capital constitutes a wide range of workers; representing different living sitations, and attitudes towards life and experiences. Not dissimilar to your own clients and customers.
You, as a manager or an HR expert, surely know how to deal with and care about the diverse workforce in your organisation.
What you may not know is that single parents can be among the most motivated, hard-working and loyal employees. And that their numbers and share among your staff are on the rise.

In this programme, you will find tools for working with single parents to help you make the most out of their creativity, flexibility and strength within your company. Additionally, you’ll find that you can use the skills you’ve learned here for expanding your own team’s diversity.

In this reference tool, you will find supportive and helpful
A) facts and figures
B) hints and tools
C) success stories and good practice examples

You will find short paragraphs, figures, slides and some videos.

What to learn more?
If you want to explore a topic in detail, you can use the provided links to find further information.

Not interested in reading the entire programme?
Feel free to skim through our programme, once or several times – just as you need at the moment.

However, If you decide to go through all sections of the programme, you may become a “CCE“ (Convincing and Creative Expert) and receive our certificate.

New Horizons at Work: Employers
An employer’s guide to getting the best from employees who are single parents.
Module 1 Welcome!
How to work with the course.
Unit 1 Getting started
Module 2 Why work-family balance matters
This module explains why work-family balance can increase your profits and reputation; and why single parents are a hidden asset of your organization.
Unit 1 Module 2 - Why work-family balance matters
Unit 2 Why every company should invest into work-family balance
Unit 3 Increasing diversity to increase profit
Unit 4 Single parents can be an asset
Unit 5 Quiz Ireland: Single Parents
Unit 6 Quiz Scotland: Single Parents
Unit 7 Quiz Czech Republic: Single Parents
Unit 8 Quiz Italy: Single Parents
Unit 9 How you can help single parents do their best
Module 3 Measures promoting work-family balance
This module will guide you through family friendly provisions that are especially useful for single parents, and shows which skills of single parents can be used in their work.
Unit 1 Module 3 - Measures promoting work-family balance
Unit 2 Introduction
Unit 3 Family friendly provisions in the workplace
Unit 4 Promoting transferable skills as a way of promoting WLB
Unit 5 Make it work for single parents
Module 4 Social support networks on workplace
This module highlights the importance of social support networks and communities in daily life of single parents and shows how it can contribute to company´ s improvements.
Unit 1 Module 4 - Social support networks on workplace
Unit 2 The importance of informal networks
Unit 3 How to discover informal networks
Unit 4 Turning informal networks into formal ones
Unit 5 Inspiration and innovation
Module 5 Learn from the success of others: Good practice examples
In this module you will find case studies covering systematic approach and innovative processes in companies that are implementing family friendly provisions. You can also get some inspiration from single parents successful at work.
Unit 1 Module 5 - Learn from the success of others: Good practice examples
Unit 2 How it pays off - Return of investments
Unit 3 Case studies
Unit 4 Successful single parents as role models
Module 6 Change management: workplace relationships and the way to help people thrive
This module will show you how becoming a learning and adaptive organization can help you introduce WFB more efficiently, and how single parents themselves can contribute to this.
Unit 1 Module 6 - Change management: workplace relationships and the way to help people thrive
Unit 2 Learning organisations and adaptive approach
Unit 3 Adaptive leadership
Unit 4 Now you’re ready
Module 7 Move to action
This modules proposes how to implement family friendly provisions, especially how to gather data. It is mainly intended for SMEs as larger companies usually outsource such services.
Unit 1 Module 7 - Move to Action
Unit 2 How to implement
Unit 3 How to gather data?
Unit 4 Introducing family friendly provisions at your workplace: useful resources
Module 8 Helpful Resources related to employment of single parents
A short description of the Module - will be written later
Unit 1 Module 8: Helpful Resources related to employment of single parents
Unit 2 Legislation and social context
Unit 3 Who provides support to employers?
Unit 4 Further information
Unit 5 End of the course