What is a Family Friendly Employer?

Family Friendly Employer: Businesses can establish a work environment and policies that enable employees to effectively balance and fulfill both their work and family responsibilities. Providing flexible working arrangements while attending to organizational needs can have strongly positive outcomes for both employers and employees.

Higher productivity, reduced absenteeism and turnover, increased job satisfaction, improved organizational effectiveness — these and other benefits can be achieved through family-friendly policies that help individuals achieve a healthy and productive work-life balance. Regardless of size and industry, all organizations can share in the benefits of flexible, family friendly employment policies. Stronger, healthier families contribute to stronger, healthier businesses and empower our community to grow and prosper.

Employers should discuss and collaborate with their employees on possible options and solutions that will fit their needs. Family friendly options may include:

  • Granting access to paid time off in single or part-day increments
  • Implementing the ability for employees to take time off, instead of taking overtime pay
  • Allowing for employees to work additional hours to accommodate for time taken off
  • Providing part-time work opportunities or job share agreements
  • Allowing for telecommuting or home-based work  

Businesses can tailor these and other policies to meet the specific needs of their workplace.  Of course, not all family friendly requests can be approved, but engaging in the dialogue and working with employees to establish balance is great work everyone involved.

Looking for more ways to support employees and engage them in healthy, family friendly practices? Click here for more resources and ideas.

Monterey County needs businesses that support families, both behind the scenes with strong family policies and in the public eye as a service to families. Ready to apply to become a Monterey County Family Friendly Employer? Click here!

* Bright Beginnings does not provide legal or HR advice. Please consult an appropriate professional before implementing changes to your HR policy.