Family Forward Workplaces Online Guide Now Available

Resource gives companies info on creating family-friendly environments
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The North Carolina Early Childhood Foundation has launched an online companion to its “Guide to Family Forward Workplaces,” a resource that helps employers incorporate family-friendly workplace practices.

The guide is part of Family Forward NC, an initiative to improve children’s health and well-being, and keep North Carolina’s businesses competitive by increasing access to research-based, family-friendly practices that improve workplace productivity, recruitment and retention, and support children’s healthy development.

Family-friendly workplace practices such as flexible work schedules and paid parental leave have a direct, positive impact on child health and well-being and provide positive benefits to employers such as attraction and retention of top talent, improved productivity and boosted employee morale. 

“The Guide to Family Forward Workplaces” provides tools for employers of all sizes with practical tips for selecting and implementing 16 family-friendly practices — such as flexible scheduling, accommodations for pregnant workers and paid parental leave — that have evidence to support positive business outcomes and improved child health and

To help create the guide, the North Carolina Early Childhood Foundation worked with an advisory council of prominent business leaders, community leaders and health experts, and gathered input from more than 1,000 employers and employees throughout the state.

Blue Cross NC, the founding sponsor of Family Forward NC in 2018, is investing $250,000 to support Family Forward NC’s second year. 

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