Family Friendly Policies

Providing Flexibility in the Workplace to Help Meet Family Needs

Family friendly policies tell your employees you’re there to support them, you believe in balancing the needs of work and family, and recognize the benefit of happy, healthy families to productivity and reliability in the workplace.

  • Research has shown that employers that offer flexible work environments are able to attract, motivate and retain employees, improve employee satisfaction and strengthen productivity.

What Businesses Can Do:

The Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) released a study in 2012 that found more businesses today are providing employees with flexible options in the workplace.  The study surveyed 1,126 employers (53 percent were small organizations with 50-99 employees while 9 percent were large organizations with 1,000 or more employees). The 2012 National Study of Employers (NSE) found:

  • Flex-time (offered by 77 percent of workplaces, up from 66 percent in 2005).  apply_sloan_award
  • Flex place/telecommuting (offered by 63 percent, up from 34 percent in 2005).
  • Choices in managing time (offered by 93 percent, up from 78 percent in 2005).
  • Daily time off when important needs arise (offered by 87 percent, up from 77 percent in 2005).

Workplace flexibility is about rethinking how, when & where people do their best work to promote work & family balance and happy, healthy, families.  See SHRM’s 10 Strategy Checklist to implement Flex policies.

Related to Healthy Families:  lightbulb moment

  • Employee Assistance Plans (EAPs) that help employees deal with problems and pressures are on the rise (offered by 74 percent of workplaces, up from 46 percent in 2005).
  • Employee wellness programs are also on the rise (offered by 63 percent of workplaces, up from 47 percent in 2005).
  • An increasing number of employers are providing women with private space for breastfeeding (offered by 79 percent of workplaces, up from 71 percent in 2005).

When Work Works  When Work Works Screenshot jpeg
When Work Works is a joint project of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the Families and Work Institute (FWI). Working with community partners across the country, “When Work Works” highlights and honors effective practices for making work “work” for employers and employees through the Sloan Awards for Excellence in Workplace Effectiveness and Flexibility.

Organizations interested in showcasing their flexibility strategies, in benchmarking with others, or learning more about work flex should apply for this prestigious award at For a list of Georgia’s 2013 Workplace Award Winners, click here.


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