Presentation on theme: "Promoting Family-Friendly Policies in the Workplace and Government"— Presentation transcript:
1 Promoting Family-Friendly Policies in the Workplace and Government
2 What are family-friendly policies? Family-friendly workplace or employer is one whose policies make it possible for employees to more easily balance family and workFamily-friendly government policies are those laws, regulations and social policies that recognize the importance of families to society
3 Family-friendly workplace policies Flex-time, a flexible work scheduleJob sharing, employees may share a single position, each working a fraction of the timeAllowing work away from the worksiteEmployee and family health benefits, in addition to health and dental insure this may include on-site fitness centers or subsides for joining a gymTuition for employee educationCan you think of others?
4 Family-friendly government policies There are two ways the government can be family-friendly:1. Institute family-friendly workplace policies2. The government, at any level, can encourage family-friendly policies- by laws or other methods in business and public life in general
5 Ways the government can encourage family-friendly policies Mandating that businesses institute family-friendly policiesUsing tax breaks and subsides to encourage businesses to adopt family-friendly policiesFunding and maintaining family-oriented public facilitiesEncouraging family-friendly policy among public agencies and servicesMandating a health insurance plan for all familiesCan you think of others?
6 Why promote family-friendly policies? Allow parents to spend more time with their childrenReduce stress and allow more choicesEmployees are more productiveAllow employees to improve their economic status and quality of lifeHelp employers keep valuable employees, and recruit the bestThey are good for the society
7 Who should promote family-friendly policies? Business peoplePoliticians and other policy makersPeople affected by family-friendly policiesThe mediaA broad-based coalition
8 When should you promote family-friendly policies? Employees and/or family members raise the issueFamilies are having a tough timeFamily issues are in the news and the public eyeFamily issues are highlighted in a political campaignDuring labor negotiationsDuring an economic development campaign
9 How do you promote family-friendly policies in the government and workplace? Decide where to start, aim for fairness in your purpose: what's the greatest benefit for everyoneDo your homeworkParticular needs of your communityPolicies that have been implemented elsewhere and their resultsPotential costs and benefitsAlternatives to what you're initially proposingOffer to help find solutions that workPoint to and reward those workplaces and government agencies who support and engage in family-friendly practicesFrame the debate as a win-win situation, emphasize the fact that family-friendly policies are good for everyone
10 How do you promote family-friendly policies in the government and workplace (cont.) ? Marshall support and communicateIf you can put together a coalition, and look to gaining the support of other influential groups:Unions and other trade associationsWorking familiesBusinesses and business associationsPolicy makersThe mediaAdvocate for family-friendly policies in ways that are appropriate to the situation, some possible ways may include:Union negotiationsLegislative advocacyA media campaignDirect actionEncourage the continued evaluation and adaptation of policies