Awareness days calendar for HR professionals
Inclusive Family-Friendly Awareness Days Calendar for HR Professionals
Welcome to the inclusive, family-friendly awareness day calendar for HR professionals. A tool for busy HR and D&I professionals who are passionate about building a workplace that celebrates diversity and nurtures family-friendly values.
What is the significance of awareness days for HR professionals?
Maintaining awareness of important inclusion awareness days should be an important part of your inclusion and diversity strategy. By keeping track, you can plan ahead of time for important dates which offer the opportunity to support many people around you.
Why do awareness days matter?
This guide has been curated specifically for HR and D&I professionals who are nurturing a diverse, inclusive and family-friendly workplace.
As co-founders of Parent and Professional, we recognise the profound importance of these events. They give us a chance to pause and consider perspectives and experiences different from our own.
For HR professionals, these awareness days and periods are invaluable. They provide structured opportunities to promote empathy, respect and appreciation within your teams. Embracing these values is key to bringing people together, bridging gaps and creating a more inclusive and united workplace where everyone feels valued and understood.
Our awareness days calendar for HR professionals is more than just a tool; it’s a commitment to making our workplaces a reflection of the world we want to live in – diverse, inclusive and family-friendly. As you navigate through these dates, we encourage you to use them as stepping stones towards building a culture where every employee thrives.
Thank you for joining us in this meaningful journey.
Helen & Henriette
Get your copy of our inclusive, family-friendly awareness day calendar PDF and plan your 2024 events.
Awareness Days January 2024
Parent Mental Health Day encourages understanding and awareness of the importance of parents’ mental health and its impact on the whole family system. #PMHD
“What an important message to start the year on! Parent Mental Health Day serves as a crucial reminder for HR and workplaces to recognise the challenges and balancing act that working parents manage day to day.
Workshops or webinars on topics related to parenting and mental health, such as stress management, work-life balance and self-care are a great way to show your employees that you value their well-being and understand the challenges they may face as parents so that they can thrive both at work and in their important roles as parents.”
P&P Parental Transition and Work Family Balance Expert and Coach
Awareness Days February 2024
A day for friends, families, communities, and workplaces to come together to talk about mental health, listen and help change lives. #TimeToTalk
A day to celebrate and encourage random acts of kindness. #MakeKindnessTheNorm
An annual event that gives us the chance to reflect on the importance of capable leadership within society. #NationalLeadershipDay
A month-long annual celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and non-binary history, including the history of LGBT+ rights. #LGBTHistoryMonth
“LGBT+ History Month, and Pride Month in June, are great opportunities to reflect on the remarkable journey of the LGBTQ+ community.
Consider offering diversity training, establishing employee resource groups, organising celebratory events and promoting LGBTQ+ friendly policies to create an equitable, welcoming and respectful environment for all employees. Let this month serve as a reminder that our shared history is a testament to resilience, courage and the ongoing pursuit for a more inclusive world.”
P&P Confidence Expert and Specialist in LGBTQ+ in the workplace
Awareness Days March 2024
Raise awareness about discrimination. Take action to drive gender parity. IWD belongs to everyone, everywhere. #InspireInclusion
“In my coaching experience, I’ve seen the profound impact of empowering women in the workplace. International Women’s Day isn’t just a celebration; it’s a call to action for organisations to acknowledge women’s outstanding contributions and advocate for gender equality.
By proactively promoting women into leadership, fostering mentoring and coaching, and cultivating a supportive environment for open discussions on gender equality, organisations can tap into untapped potential that benefits all. Let’s also motivate men to be integral to the necessary change.”
P&P Work Family Balance Coach
Week 13-19 March
Neurodiversity Celebration Week is a worldwide initiative that challenges stereotypes and misconceptions about neurological differences. #NeuroDiversityWeek
This is an annual event which focuses on the importance of prioritising our health and wellbeing through sleep. #WorldSleepDay
Bring attention to the challenges faced by single parent families. #SingleParentDay
Awareness Days April 2024
This is celebrated annually and each year draws attention to a specific health topic of concern to people all over the world. #WorldHealthDay
Stress awareness month has been held every April since 1992 to raise awareness of the causes of and cures for our modern-day stress epidemic. It is the time when we have an opportunity for an open conversation on the impact of stress. #ActNow
“Shine a spotlight on the recognition of stress as a universal experience. By providing resources and support to promote Stress Awareness Month, organisations can cultivate a healthier and more resilient workforce.
Explore the topic of stress and challenges like low motivation, difficult conversations and managing physical health. By equipping individuals with the necessary tools and resources, you’ll empower them to cultivate resilience and thrive.”
P&P Resilience Panel Expert
Awareness Days May 2024
Week 8-14 May
International Coaching Week (ICW) is a weeklong global celebration of the power and impact of professional coaching. #ExperienceCoaching
“As we embrace International Coaching Week (ICW), we recognise the influence that professional coaching can have in nurturing personal and professional growth.
HR and Organisations can truly value ICW by acknowledging the role of coaching in their success stories, appreciating the positive changes it brings to individuals and teams. Let’s seize this opportunity to harness the potential of coaching and propel our organisations and individuals toward even greater success.”
Week 13-19 May
Learning at Work Week is a unique annual event. It’s led nationally by Campaign for Learning and by employers and learning champions in their organisations. #LearningAtWorkWeek
Week 13-19 May
This annual event provides an opportunity to focus on achieving good mental health. #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek
Awareness Days June 2024
A day dedicated to living well. The purpose of Global Wellness Day is to ask the question, even if for just one day, “How can I live a healthier and better life?” #GlobalWellnessDay
Week 10-16 June
Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlighting the challenges carers face and recognising the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK. #CarersWeek
“Carers Week is a vital reminder of the incredible dedication and selflessness of those who provide care to their loved ones. Organisations can play a pivotal role in supporting employees with caring responsibilities by recognising the immense value that carers bring to both their families and workplaces.
By offering flexible work arrangements, access to resources and a supportive environment, organisations not only ease the burden on carers but also tap into their untapped potential. Together, let’s can create a more compassionate and productive work environment where carers are not only valued but also empowered to thrive.”
P&P Working Carers Coach
Week 12-18 June
The purpose of Men’s Health Week is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. #MensHealthWeek
A month dedicated to celebrating LGBTQ+ communities all around the world. #PrideMonth
Awareness Days July 2024
Self-Care Day marks the end of Self-Care Month. This symbolic day was chosen because self-care can be practiced “24 hours a day/7 days a week”. #SelfCarePromise
“When we take a moment to consider what self care looks like to us, it’s only a small step further to consider what it might be for others. Any concerns about making the time, or finding the resources, to support employee mental health can be quickly put aside when we reflect on the benefits of supported self care.
By proactively addressing this, you can reduce employee turnover, boost productivity, and minimize extended absences due to poor workplace mental health. This is an area that is especially crucial for working parents, and caregivers, who often prioritise the well-being of others. When we seize the opportunity presented by International Self Care Day, we collectively break the silence to prioritise the well-being of all.”
P&P Parental Transition and Work Family Balance Coach
Awareness Days August 2024
Work-Family Balance Month
In August, a crucial time for working parents, Work Family Balance Month, initiated by Parent and Professional, sheds light on the unique challenges encountered by parents, caregivers, and those seeking a work-family balance during the summer, when holidays often result in reduced available care. #WorkFamilyBalance
“As P&P introduces Work-Family Balance Month to August, we’re embracing a significant milestone in acknowledging and providing support for the challenges experienced by working parents and caregivers, particularly during the demanding summer season when juggling work and family commitments can be especially challenging.
During this month, we encourage the adoption of flexible scheduling or remote work options to assist employees in achieving a better balance between their responsibilities, thereby creating a healthier work-life balance for all.”
P&P Parental Transition and Work Family Balance Coach
Awareness Days September 2024
This campaign looks at how you can achieve better sleep and what benefits a good night’s sleep can bring.#Sleeptember
Week 23-29 September
National Inclusion Week (NIW) is a week dedicated to celebrating inclusion and taking action to create inclusive workplaces. #NationalInclusionWeek
National Working Parents Day is a day to celebrate those amazing parents who work hard all year to provide for their families. #NationalWorkingParentsDay
“As we celebrate National Working Parents Day, I reflect on how inspiring it has been to coach working parents, and how they are often surprised by the incredible potential released upon having a child – they become more impactful professionals because they are coming home to their children who remind them what they are working for. And better parents, because in pursuing their dreams, they are modelling for their children how to pursue their dreams.
This day serves as a reminder to support the invaluable role they play in both their careers and families. It’s an opportunity for organisations to create workplaces that empower working parents to thrive, providing them with the flexibility, resources, and understanding they need to be the best they can be.”
P&P Parental Transition and Work Family Balance Coach
Awareness Days October 2024
Celebrating all ethnicities, cultures, heritages, experiences, abilities, and other attributes contribute to more dynamic, innovative and efficient workplaces. #GlobalDiversityMonth
A momentous occasion to recognise and celebrate the invaluable contributions of black people to British society. #BlackHistoryMonth
Week 7-11 October
Working Families’ annual campaign to get both employers and employees talking about wellbeing at work and work-life balance. #WorkLifeWeek
Week 9-15 October
A special opportunity to mark the lives of babies lost in pregnancy, at birth or soon after. #WaveOfLight
A day to talk about mental health and show everyone that mental health matters. #WorldMentalHealthDay
An annual event dedicated to raising awareness about adoption and celebrating the families that have been formed through this process. #NationalAdoptionWeek
To raise awareness of the menopause and the support options available for improving health and wellbeing. #WorldMenopauseDay
“On World Menopause Day, let’s shine a light on this often-overlooked journey. It’s a day to elevate women’s experiences and provide crucial support. Organisations can make a difference by prioritising education, open communication, and a supportive culture.
Together, let’s create workplaces that understand and accommodate the needs of women during menopause. With empathy and knowledge, we ensure a more manageable and empowering journey. Join us in making a lasting impact in the lives of women navigating this natural transition.”
P&P Menopause Panel Expert & Coach
Week 30 October – 3 November
To raise awareness of stress around the world and improve the ways in which stress is managed. #StressAwarenessWeek
Awareness Days November 2024
A whole month dedicated to promoting the importance of career development and encouraging employers to actively promote development. #CareerDevelopmentMonth
National Older Workers Week is an opportunity for employers to focus efforts on attracting and retaining older workers. #AgeDiversity
International Men’s Day celebrates the positive value men bring to the world, their families and communities. #InternationalMensDay
“Celebrating International Men’s Day is an opportunity for organisations to recognise and appreciate the diverse contributions of men, and the challenges they can face, in the workplace and society.
When men are confident that they can be great dads without sacrificing their careers, we can normalise flexible working and parental leave for all, which is not only good for well-being but also essential for promoting gender diversity and closing the gender pay gap. By raising awareness and engaging in activities such wellness initiatives and discussions on men’s mental health, organisations can nurture an inclusive and supportive environment that encourages men to thrive both personally and professionally.”
P&P Dads Coach
Awareness Days December 2024
Reflection and planning
As the year wraps up in December, HR teams are presented with a special chance to reflect on the past and chart a course for the year ahead. #cultureofinclusivity
“As the year draws to a close, HR teams have a unique opportunity to reflect on the past and plan for the year ahead. It’s the ideal time to strategize on how to integrate awareness and support for health and wellbeing issues, such as caregiving responsibilities, parental transition, menopause, midlife health and work-family balance, into your corporate culture.
By doing so, you can create a more inclusive and resilient workplace, ultimately developing a brighter future for employees and the organisation as a whole. These initiatives are not just about empathy; they’re about building stronger, more resilient organisations. When we prioritise the wellbeing of our employees, we promote a culture of inclusivity and support that benefits everyone.”