Listening and Learning in the Twin Counties

North Carolina

Family Forward NC continued our effort to listen and learn from employers and employees across the state this week at a Strategic Twin-Counties Education Partnership (S.T.E.P.) #workHERE meeting in Rocky Mount.

S.T.E.P. is a comprehensive community effort to create a shared vision and strategic plan to enhance the quality of life and economic competitiveness in Nash and Edgecombe counties. S.T.E.P., established in 2012, brings together area school districts, human services agencies and businesses to discuss challenges, share success stories, generate ideas for new initiatives and leverage and connect resources. 

Accounting for the needs of different types of employees, such as shift or hourly workers, and ensuring that employees have the benefits they need are two important steps employers can take, according to attendees of the Family Forward NC session during the #workHERE meeting.     

Additionally, employers should consider all types of family structures when creating new policies. For instance, grandparents may need paid leave to attend a school event if they are primary caregivers for their grandchildren.

Family Forward will continue our statewide conversation October 25 in Wilkesboro.