“Flexibility is a ruse for ‘work 12 to 15 hours a day’”: Amanda Munday on caregiver-friendly work culture

The founder of The Workaround, a family-friendly co-working space in Toronto, says leaders need to do more than just offer “flexibility” — they need to allow employees to bring their whole selves to the office.

Why It Matters

Caregivers must choose between taking care of their loved ones and showing up to work — and the latter has a far greater capacity for flexibility. In order to prevent burnout, companies will need to be far more aware of their employees’ out-of-work responsibilities.

Caregivers across Canada have always done mandatory, unpaid overtime — a ‘double day’ of work and care, on top of every other obligation in their lives. This second shift is with their families, taking care of kids or other loved ones. The COVID-19 pandemic has opened the eyes of some Canadians to just how pervasive and exhausting this double day really is. 

But Amanda Munday is not one of them.

As the founder of The Workaround, a Toronto co-working space that offers childcare and a community atmosphere to remote workers, her business is built upon the reality that freedom for many parents is the ability to balance personal duties and professional responsibilities. As a childcare advocate, she understands the economic and social benefits of universal, accessible daycare options for all. And as the single mother of a 6-year-old and a 4-year-old during a global pan

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