FULL LIST OF TOP 30 EMPLOYERS FOR WORKING FAMILIES 2018 

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60% of HR leaders believe their companies have clear career paths. But, employees? Only 36% of them agree.

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Much of this shift is owed to an emphasis on the quality of work that’s being done—rather than specifically when it’s being accomplished.

All family members must complete their own application forms, but they can be submitted together.

“For these best practice employers, their flexible and family-friendly working policies supporting mothers, fathers and carers are well developed, and flexible working is becoming embedded.  

Ultimately, figuring out how to best support working parents in your office involves a lot of trial and error. You might test the waters of a certain initiative—only to discover that it’s not working and then have to make some changes.

“Employers who want to attract and retain the best talent need to think of more creative ways to encourage parents back to work, including supporting dads who want to be part-timers,” says Harrin. “It’s not just about the women.”

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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, of married-couple families with children, 61.1% of them have both parents employed.

When employees feel heard, they feel valued. And, when they feel valued? You already know where this is going—they’re far more likely to stick with your company.

For years, that was the idyll, the American dream. But, today? The world looks a whole lot different.

Some companies have forged ahead even further by offering a “baby at work” policy for new parents.

“A critical component is being willing, being open to experimenting with concepts that the business might not have previously used but that the parents are requesting—such as babies at work, telecommuting, or flexible work schedules,” concludes Moquin.

Here are six tactics for companies to create the sort of environments that working parents want to be a part of:

The TFWP is intended to help Canadian employers recruit foreign workers in response to labour market shortages.

[3] Earlier this year, Working Families published ‘Modern Families Index 2018: How employers can support the UK’s working families’.

“Congratulations to the wide range of organisations whose flexible and family-friendly workplaces have earnt them a much-coveted place on 2018’s list of Top 30 Employers for Working Families.  

Julian Foster, Managing Director at Computershare [4], lead sponsor of Top Employers for Working Families said:

“For these best practice employers, their flexible and family-friendly working policies supporting mothers, fathers and carers are well developed, and flexible working is becoming embedded.  

Jane van Zyl, Chief Executive of Working Families [2], said: 

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Because of these mounting stressors for employees who are also parents, more and more employers have been looking for ways they can better support their staff members.

While there were some hoops to jump through in order to get the program off the ground—including having insurance discussions, drafting waivers to be signed, and working out other logistics—Fitzgerald still encourages companies to explore whether or not a similar policy could work within their own offices.

Two words: improved retention. Providing support is a key piece of the employee engagement puzzle. And, when employees feel like they’re actively supported by their employer—both in the office and out—they’re far more likely to stick around.

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While there were some hoops to jump through in order to get the program off the ground—including having insurance discussions, drafting waivers to be signed, and working out other logistics—Fitzgerald still encourages companies to explore whether or not a similar policy could work within their own offices.

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Just a couple of decades ago, the standard family life looked a lot like this: the man would grab his briefcase, give his children a kiss on the forehead, and head out for his day in the office. His wife would likely stay home to raise the children, tackle the laundry, maybe even whip up the occasional pot roast or pie.

“The availability of flexible work schedules is one of the biggest things employers are doing to accommodate working parents,” explains Georgene Huang, CEO and Co-Founder of Fairygodboss.

A selection of winners will speak as part of the ‘what makes a top employer?’ panel session at Working Families’ National Work Life Week Conference ‘Changing the Culture: Best Practice Showcase’ on 2 October 2018.

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“More and more employers are allowing employees to work remotely, adjust hours to accommodate childcare needs, and are simply being more understanding when a parent needs to take an hour or two off for a parent/teacher conference or a child’s doctor’s appointment,” Huang continues.

The Top Employers for Working Families Benchmark was established by Working Families in 2010.  It is UK-wide and open to all Working Families’ employer members.  

Needless to say, things in the working world have changed—and there’s now quite a large percentage of US workers who need to balance the demands of their families with the demands of their careers.

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Dependent children are only eligible for an open work permit through an active pilot project.