Employer Family-Friendly Policies
Providing Flexibility in the Workplace to Help Meet Family Needs
The COVID-19 Pandemic Economic Recovery Challenge
- 50% of employees intend to make career changes as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
- 80% cited the importance flexible hours and work location in their decision to find a new job. Work arrangements were very important to more women than men (66% vs 49% respectively).
- Over 50% of working parents with children ages 3-17 are considering leaving their job because they feel their company (54%) or manager (51%) has not cared about their concerns during the pandemic.
- 41% of employees are considering quitting their job because they feel that their company (41%) or manager (37%) has not cared about their concerns during the pandemic.
- 72% of employees consider work-life balance to be very important when looking for a new job
What Businesses Can Do!
- 2020 Top 5 business reported employee benefit expansions
- 78% employee options for telework
- 43% telemedicine services
- 39% leave to care for children
- 27% leave to care for an adult family member
- 25% mental health service
- Flexible work benefits in 2020
- 50% Flextime during core business hours
- 32% Flextime outside of core business hours
- 32% Compressed work week
- Employee health and well-being benefits in 2020
- 68% Medical flexible spending accounts (FSAs)
- 98% Paid vacation time
- 95% paid sick time*
- 53% paid parental leave*
- 2019 Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Annual Employee Benefit Survey (a more comprehensive survey compared to the 2021 survey conducted during the pandemic)
- The 2019 SHRM employee benefit survey found:
- Related to Healthy Families
- 75% of employers offered Employee Assistance Plans (EAPs) that help employees deal with problems and pressures.
- 58% of employers offered employee wellness programs.
- 51% of employers offered on-site lactation rooms for nursing mothers.
- Related to Child Care
- 59% of employers offered Dependent Care Assistance Plans (DCAPs) that help employees pay for child care.
- 11% of employered offered employee access to information to help find child care in the community through Child Care Resource & Referral agencies.
- 4% of employers offered support for child care onsite.
- 4% of employers offered a non-subsidized child care center (company-affiliated onsite or near site center).
- Related to Flexible Work Benefits
- 69% of employers offered telecommuting on an ad-hoc basis.
- 42% of employers offered telecommuting on a part-time basis.
- 27% of employers offered telecommuting on a full-time basis.
- 15% of employers offered a 4-day workweek of 32 hours or less per week that applies to all employees for all or part of the year.
- The Business Case for Early Education Investments (One Pager)
- 2020 SHRM Employee Benefit Report
- 2019 SHRM Employee Benefit Report
- Work Flex & Telework Guide (SHRM)
- Explainer: What’s driving the “Great Resignation”? (World Economic Forum, November 2021)
- How Employee Desire for Flexibility and Concern from Companies is Driving the Future of Work (Catalyst, Workplaces that Work for Women, October 2021)
- How Employers Combat Labor Shortages (The Conference Board, 2021)
- Tips to Update Employer Policies (one pager)
- Supporting Employees with Young and School-aged Children Survey (Willis Towers Watson, 2020)