Some, but not all, companies are taking baby steps toward becoming more family-friendly, according to new research from staffing firm OfficeTeam. Just under half (49 percent) of human retargets (HR) managers interviewed said their organization has made policy changes to better accommodate working parents in the past five years.

This infographic shows the survey findings.

HR managers were asked, “In the past five years, has your organization made changes in workplace policy to better accommodate working parents?” Their responses:






When employees were asked which family-friendly perk would have the greatest impact on their decision to join a company, the clear winner was flexible hours (79 percent). Sixty-eight percent of HR managers said their organization provides this option. Respondents identified a maternity/paternity leave policy (79 percent) as the most common employer offering.


The Family-Friendly Perk That Would Most Affect an Employee’s Decision to Work at a Company*

What Companies Offer**

Flexible hours






Maternity/paternity leave policy



Childcare program



Adoption benefits



*Responses do not total 100 percent due to rounding.

**Multiple responses permitted. Top responses shown.

“With half of companies offering more family-friendly benefits in recent years, the onus is on organizations that have not kept pace to revisit their policies,” said Brandi Britton, a district president for OfficeTeam. “Employers should actively promote their programs in this area to attract and retain top workers.”

Britton added, “Having extra time with family can be a game changer for staff. Perks like flexible schedules and telecommuting are attractive to all employees because everyone appreciates work-life balance, whether that means being able to take care of obligations at home or pursue personal interests.”


About the Research

The surveys of HR managers and workers were developed by OfficeTeam. They were conducted by independent research firms and include responses from more than 300 HR managers at U.S. companies with 20 or more employees, and more than 500 U.S. workers 18 years of age or older and employed in office environments.