Family-friendly workplaces strengthen our state

Family Forward NC is an innovative initiative to improve children’s health and well-being and keep North Carolina’s businesses competitive. It is employer-led change to increase access to research-based, family-friendly practices — big and small — that improve workplace productivity, recruitment and retention; grow a strong economy; and support children’s healthy development.

Business Smart.

Family-friendly workplaces have a strong competitive advantage.

Family Friendly.

The benefits of family-friendly workplaces are numerous and long-lasting.

Future Ready.

To prepare our future workforce for success, we have to start in early childhood.

Families Have Changed.

But workplaces haven’t.

75% of moms
50% of dads

Seventy-five percent of US mothers and fifty percent of US fathers say they’ve passed up work opportunities, switched jobs, or quit to care for their children.Footnote # 1

According to the Federal Reserve in San Francisco, there would be 5 million more workers in the US workforce if parents had access to more family-friendly benefits.

40% of parents nationwide say they’ve left a job because it lacked flexibility.

North Carolina employers engaged

Family Forward in Action

Employers: Seven Things You Can Do Now to Support Expectant and Nursing Mothers and Bring them Back to Work

June 8, 2021

Prior to the pandemic, more women than men were enrolled in college, medical schools and law schools. In the three months before COVID-19 hit the US, women even outnumbered men…

The Current Labor Shortage is Bigger Than Increasing Wages

May 11, 2021

By Jim Needell, HR consultant, Performentor Jim Needell is an HR expert who works with hospitality and food and beverage employers to incorporate innovative people practices. As an HR consultant…

The US Chamber of Commerce Executive Briefing: The Key Takeaways

April 28, 2021

Ask any working parent, and they’ll tell you the struggle to find affordable, quality childcare has been a problem for years. As the COVID-19 pandemic hit, however, the problem worsened.…

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  1. Craighill, Peyton and Danielle Paquette. “The surprising number of parents scaling back at work to care for kids.” The Washington Post. August 6, 2015. Return to footnote #1 referrer