October is National Work and Family Month – a time to celebrate family-friendly workplaces and remind employers about the business benefits of being family friendly.
This week, we released a new report of research we commissioned last year that shows North Carolina employers and employees think family-friendly workplaces have a competitive advantage:
- 71 percent of North Carolina employers think family-friendly policies have a positive impact on their organization.
- 73 percent of NC employees would be more committed to their employer if they offered more family-friendly practices.
- 94 percent of NC employees say that family-friendly policies help employers attract and retain talent – and keep businesses strong.
- And nearly half of NC employers plan to deepen their family-friendly policies this year.
And for children and families, the benefits of family-friendly workplaces are numerous and long lasting and include positive impacts on health, well-being, financial stability and future career success, which makes family-friendly workplace practices a win-win.
Since Family Forward NC launched in February, we’ve been crossing the state to listen, learn and engage employers and employees about family-friendly workplace policies to find out what is currently offered, what employees want from family-friendly benefits, what employers would like to offer and what the challenges are to doing so.
These discussions, along with our research and an Advisory Council of experts across the state, will help inform a guide to family-friendly workplaces that will be a toolkit for employers of all sizes with practical tips for implementing family-friendly workplace practices such as paid parental leave, flexible scheduling and accommodations for pregnant workers.
This Work and Family Month, we hope employers and employees will engage with Family Forward NC to help us learn about employers who already have family friendly policies and to inspire workplaces that want to do more. Learn more and sign up to stay informed here or check out our new research report here.