The following is an excerpt from a Public News Service story by Nadia Ramlagan. For the full story, click here.
More North Carolina employers are enacting family friendly workplace policies such as flexible schedules, paid parental leave and support for breastfeeding mothers.
One 2018 study found nearly three in four North Carolinians said they would be more committed to their employer if more family friendly benefits were offered.
Ann Welton, president of the Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce, works with more than 700 local businesses. She says in a competitive job market, retaining high quality workers is becoming increasingly critical across sectors, including tourism and manufacturing.
“By enacting some of these policies within the workplace, they’re going to do a better job about attracting and retaining top quality workers,” she states.
Welton points to a guide developed by the North Carolina Early Childhood Foundation that contains research-based practices employers can adopt to keep employees happy and increase productivity.
According to the foundation’s biennial report, more than 4,000 employers have looked at the guide.