Pregnancy accommodations allow expectant mothers to do their jobs without jeopardizing their maternal or baby health. The benefits are manyfold:
No or low cost to employers
Increase productivity & loyalty
Reduce absenteeism & health care costs
Decrease preterm births
Increase healthy birthweights
Improve mother’s health & family finances
Providing breastfeeding support and flexible work schedules reap significant returns on investment for business and families alike.
Delivers a 3:1 ROI (lower health care costs, absenteeism & turnover; higher productivity)
Flexible work schedules:
Save $496-$1,984 per employee
Promotes healthier children & fewer medical visits
Decreases maternal depression
Flexible work schedules:
Reduce parental stress & can improve family health
Employee absenteeism racks up big costs. Backup childcare enables employees to continue working when normal childcare falls through.
Increases productivity, including unexpected demands
83% of employees with backup care worked an average of one day per month they would have otherwise missed.
Improves work-life balance
Telecommuting is a win-win for businesses and families.
Can reduce absenteeism by almost 60%
NC employees highly value it
Reduces stress & saves time
Increases job satisfaction
Paid leave for mothers and fathers for the birth or adoption of a child is a game-changer for businesses and families.
Millennial workers are less likely to quit an employer who offers paid parental leave and increased flexibility. The median cost of replacing an employee is 21% of that employee’s annual salary.
Women who have access to paid leave work 2 to 3 hours more per week after returning to work.
Lower infant mortality rates. NC has one of the highest rates in the nation.
Increases father engagement.
Lower rates of maternal depression
Financial stability. Lack of paid family leave forces approximately 8.6% of US households into poverty.
Which strengthens our state
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Family-friendly workplaces strengthen our state
Family-friendly benefits make businesses competitive in hiring and retaining qualified workers. This is especially relevant given that retiring Baby Boomers are vacating jobs faster than younger workers can replace them, and one in four North Carolinians are 25-44 — prime child bearing and working years.
Family-friendly business policies also help children build a strong foundation for future academic and career success through improved access to high-quality health care, education, and family economic security. And employers in North Carolina and across the country face growing challenges in hiring qualified workers due to a skills gap. Within the next two years, an estimated 5 million jobs will go unfilled.
67% North Carolina jobs that will require post-secondary education by 2020
North Carolinians with that level of education today
Percentage of North Carolinians under 18
Percentage of North Carolina employees who say family-friendly benefits give employers a competitive edge in attracting and retaining employees
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