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

Kaiser Family Foundation Survey: Employers are Strengthening Paid Leave Benefits During the COVID-19 Pandemic, but Gaps Remain

December 6, 2021

More employers are offering paid sick leave and paid family and medical leave as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a survey of 1,700 employers across the country…

NC Department of Commerce Invites Employer Feedback on Changes, Challenges Brought on by COVID-19

October 25, 2021

The North Carolina Department of Commerce is inviting NC business leaders to participate in an important, ongoing survey of business conditions in the state, and we’d love for family-friendly workplaces to…

Business Smart: Coastal Credit Union

October 4, 2021

When COVID-19 closed schools and businesses, Meghan Ercolanese had to balance work with caring for her 9-year-old and 4-year-old sons. And she wasn’t the only employee adjusting to a new…

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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