Is Your Workplace Family Friendly?

A woman is working at her laptop on a coffee table while her toddler son plays nearby with some building bricks.

Encouraging and embedding a family friendly culture provides many benefits to employees and to the companies they work for. Being family friendly is important, as it reflects the changing role of the working parent, and it also shows that the company cares for its employees and their lives outside of work.

Benefits of a Family Friendly Company

By encouraging your organisation to be family friendly not only will your employees benefit but your business as a whole will too.

Happy employees will lead to higher retention, saving costs in  advertising and hiring for new roles. Additionally, your company’s reputation as family friendly will attract prospective employees towards working for you, widening the talent pool, which at the moment we know is a small pool.

A family friendly culture will also help build respect between employees, leading to open communication and more collaborative work. 

Family friendly policies also reduce stress for employees who have family members dependent on them. This will help maintain their health and also help them to focus on both their work and family obligations.

Overall, a family friendly business is beneficial for all involved, as it helps employees to balance their work and personal lives without compromising either.

How to create a Family Friendly Workplace

Its all good and well saying its great to have a family friendly business but how do you go about creating one?

If you clearly set out your policies for supporting working parents, your employees will feel safe and supported at work as they know there are measures in place which will support them growing their family.

Below are examples of measures you could take to support your employees.

Offer Enhanced Maternity/Paternity Leave

  • The rate of men taking paternity leave has increased over the last few years. Companies can introduce longer, and clearer leave programmes that allow new parents to take  time off.
  • It is also important for companies to support returning workers from an extended period of leave, especially if a considerable amount of time has passed. This could include training to update them on new systems and team building sessions to meet new colleagues, which will help ease returning workers back into work.

Support Flexible working

  • With the pandemic, more workers have got accustomed to flexible working, which mostly includes working from home with limited time at the office. When deciding workplace policies on where your employees should work, think about their family needs as well, as working from home will help them in family matters.
  • If employees are still needed in the office, consider measures such as allowing staff to leave early to pick up children from school, in addition to other family appointments.

Provide Childcare Support

  • During the pandemic, childcare was difficult to organise with many people having to balance their work whilst looking after their children. Some companies have stepped in to support their workers, through either adding policies to help provide care for their employee’s children, or by offering discounts of childcare products.

Showcase values in company’s goals and ambitions

  • Through having a clear mission statement for your company, you can show how you want to cultivate a family friendly culture in the workplace and highlight that your company cares for its employee’s wellbeing.

Little steps can get you a long way forward in improving your culture and engagement of staff in turn improving your profits and client satisfaction.

If you would like some support to improve your offering for working parents give us a call and lets see how we can help.