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SCA launches the Papa Project to support working dads

Southern Cross Austereo (SCA) is looking to make life easier for working fathers with its latest initiative – the Papa Project. The program will act as a support network for men working at SCA who are parents.

The Papa Project is the first project from The Lab, SCA’s internal innovation program which seeks to encourage staff to generate creative ideas to improve and enhance their workplace. The Lab launched in April and has already seen 95 submissions from around the country.

The fathers taking part in the Papa Project

The Papa Project is a monthly forum with guest speakers and support from Beyond Blue and other charities, beginning in the SCA Sydney office and with plans to expand nationally. It comes from SCA staffers Mitch Byatt and Arthur Georgiou who wanted a safe space for men to come together and share the trials and tribulations of fatherhood.

SCA CEO Grant Blackley said the project aligned directly with the network’s mission to bring its staff together.

“We know that becoming a dad can be the most vulnerable and emotional period in a man’s life, so it’s really important for us to create an environment where men can share their experiences, emotions and concerns about being a dad, and the different challenges they face as their children grow,” said Blackley.

“SCA is committed to enabling our staff to be innovative in the workplace and to devise creative ideas that enhance our award-winning culture – the Papa Project is a perfect example of that. It’s encouraging to see our Lab initiative already yielding some great results; I look forward to seeing what comes out of our next brainstorm session.”

The Papa Project initiative follows SCA winning its first-ever award for cultural transformation and sustainability from industry leader Human Synergistics Australia. The Culture Transformation and Achievement Awards recognise organisations that have created a constructive culture or sustained a constructive culture using the Organisational Culture Inventory, the world’s most widely used tool for measuring organisational culture.

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