Who are Canada's Top 20 Family Friendly Employers of 2017?

Who are Canada's Top 20 Family Friendly Employers of 2017?

Canada’s Top 20 Family-Friendly Employers of 2017 have been announced! Have you checked out which companies won this year’s award? Find out who made the list. If you’re curious about job opportunities in these organizations remember to check out the job search tool.

Despite advances women have made in the workplace, mothers still face greater work-life conflict than fathers and their childless colleagues. But there’s a lot workplaces can do to reduce work-life conflict and set moms up for success.

According to the Canada’s Top 100 Employer’s website, “The competition looks at a wide range of HR practices, including: maternity and parental leave; daycare assistance; paid personal- and earned-days-off (EDO) programs; flexible work arrangements; compassionate leave and elder care assistance; adoption assistance; reproductive assistance, including fertility drugs and IVF; and even academic bursaries for employees' children.”

Wouldn’t it be great if all workplaces had these progressive HR practices?

Most Canadian workplaces have policies that are reactive to work-life problems such as offering unpaid leave of absences, unpaid emergency days off, or time off instead of overtime pay. These policies are at the employee’s expense, meaning that if a problem you need to deal with comes up in your life you face loss of pay, which increases stress in an already challenging situation.

However, a 2008 Health Canada study showed that just under half of Canadian companies provide more progressive policies to support work-life integration. Progressive practices include supports such as diversity and inclusion strategies and women's initiatives, flexible work arrangements, and maternity leave transition coaching for employees. Workplaces with these types of progressive work-life integration policies will better position you for success.

Where does your workplace fall on the spectrum of supportive work-life practices? Reactive, progressive or somewhere in-between?

If it’s time for a change so you can get the support you need to be effective in both your roles as an employee and a parent, contact Meg to learn how we can work together.

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