It appears more and more employers are buying into the fact that fostering a family-friendly office leads to higher retention and greater productivity. A 2008 National Study of Employers recently released by the Families and Work Institute supports that notion.
The report said seventy-nine percent of employers now allow at least some employees to periodically change their arrival and departure time, up from sixty-eight percent in 1998. And, more employers are providing private space for breastfeeding women in 2008 than in 1998.
Melinda Myers is director of Success By 6, a program that encourages community members in Anchorage to take action and invest in young children. The program recognizes businesses that foster family-friendly work environments. Providence Alaska Medical Center is a leader in providing family support for employees, Myers said. On-site childcare, stress management classes, Weight Watchers at work, and financial assistance for tuition are among the many benefits available to eligible employees.
The company said employees with a healthy balance of career and home life creates a healthy organization and community. They should know, Providence Health & Services is the state's top employer.