Employers Accomodating Working Parents

Companies Make Changes to Accommodate Working Parents

Sixty-two percent of companies say they have made policy changes to accommodate working parents in the past five years, according to a survey by the staffing firm OfficeTeam.

The survey was based on telephone interviews with 150 randomly selected senior executives at the nation's 1,000 largest companies.

"Programs that support work-life balance are attractive to professionals, especially members of the 'sandwich generation'--those caring for both children and elderly parents," says Diane Domeyer, executive director of OfficeTeam. "For smaller firms that may not have as much flexibility in adjusting salaries as larger organizations, offering these types of benefits can level the playing field."

Domeyer notes that working parents aren't the only ones who benefit from perks like telecommuting, flextime, extended family leave, and elder care.

"Many employees are juggling multiple priorities and appreciate these types of programs," she says. "Companies should actively promote these offerings to all prospective hires, both in job postings and during the employment interview." Source: Buiness & Legal Reports, Inc.

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