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

How to Build a Family-Friendly Workforce

April 11, 2024

While the benefits of family-friendly workplaces are abundantly clear to some, others may not be able to see the connection or benefit to their business, workplace, or situation. The key…

Creating Healthy and Inclusive Workplaces Can Prevent Violence

April 9, 2024

Honoring survivors and their families during Sexual Assault Awareness Month  When we talk about sexual assault, we often focus on the impacts that violence has directly on the victim. However,…

Preventing Child Abuse Through Family-Friendly Workplace Policies

March 27, 2024

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and this year’s focus is Building Connected Communities. We know that implementing family friendly policies and programs in the workplace is one of the…

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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