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Help Develop Family Friendly Policies

Options

  • Compressed Time: full time work with more hours per day, but fewer days per week
  • Flexible scheduling: Employees adjust their arrival and departure times around designated “core hours” or a certain number of hours per day or week
  • Job sharing: Two or more people share one full time job
  • Part time options: Part day, part week, part month, or part year work involving prorated pay and benefits
  • Telecommuting: Employees work from home one or more days a week
  • Extended Parental leave: Time off for the birth or adoption of a child or to care for a child with serious health problems.
  • Use of Sick Leave for Family Illness: Employees who receive a varying number of paid sick days can use these days to care for any ill family member

Advantages

  • *Minimal investment with big payoffs
  • *Reduces absenteeism, improves moral and productivity
  • *Expands pool of potential employees
  • *Enhances recruitment and retention of employees

Considerations

  • *May require greater planning and control over work flow on the part of managers and work teams
  • *May disrupt work flow if not carefully planned
  • *Administrative costs may be high when an option is first implemented, depending on existing systems
  • *May require greater planning and control over work flow on the part of managers and work teams
  • *May require manager training to effectively implement