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Human Capital Institute Partners with KinderCare Education to Explore Work-Life Balance for Parents

Research Reveals How Family-Friendly Workplace Increase Engagement, Decrease Turnover

Author: HCI  |  Source: HCI  |  Published: July 18, 2016

CINCINNATI – July 18, 2016 - The Human Capital Institute (HCI), the global association for strategic talent management, today announced the availability of its latest research, “A 360° View of Family Leave: Support and Resources for Working Parents.” Conducted in partnership with KinderCare Education, a leading national provider of early childhood education, the research examines numerous benefits policies that organizations nationwide have implemented to support working families.

Working parents face a myriad of challenges. They balance the demands of home, children, career advancement, and day-to-day tasks and priorities in their jobs. While some organizations remain unresponsive to the transitions in their employees’ lives, smart companies understand that proactively supporting their employees through important life events is not just compassionate, it’s good business. In the report, HCI and KinderCare Education explore the differences between offering family-friendly benefits and cultivating a work-life supportive culture where those benefits and policies are used and appreciated.

“Talent attraction, employee engagement, and retention, especially of women, are outcomes of a family-friendly workplace and culture,” said Jenna Filipkowski, HCI’s Director of Research. “We know from our research that it is not enough to offer benefits and policies, but a culture of support needs to be cultivated in order for the offerings to be used and appreciated.”

Based on an online survey of nearly 300 human resources practitioners in the U.S., as well as thought leader interviews and secondary research, HCI and KinderCare Education found the following key results:

  • Flexible work arrangements are the least expensive policies to implement and the most popular offered.
  • Most maternity and paternity leave that is taken are shorter than the time available; this is because parental leave is unpaid at the majority of organizations.
  • Organizations classified as Integrators (that both offer many family-friendly benefits and policies AND hone a culture of support) experience the best talent outcomes including: higher revenue growth, lower high-performer turnover, higher employee engagement, and a stronger talent pipeline for critical positions.
  • Value and culture are the top reasons for implementing family-friendly benefits and policies. It is difficult to make the business case for the offerings as the majority of organizations do not measure program outcomes.

Research findings will be discussed in depth in a live, complimentary webcast taking place on July 28, 2016 at 1:00pm ET. All registrants will receive a copy of the research report: http://www.hci.org/lib/360-view-family-leave-organizational-support-and-resources-working-parents

About KinderCare Education

At KinderCare Education, we believe education creates brighter futures. We are passionate about creating a world of learning, joy, and adventure for more than 169,000 children every day. Our devoted family of education providers leads the nation in accreditation and includes KinderCare® Learning Centers, CCLC®, Champions® Before- and After-School Programs, Cambridge SchoolsTM, Knowledge Beginnings® and The Grove School®.

About HCI

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Company Name: KinderCare Education
Website: www.kindercare.com

Company Name: HCI
Press Contact: Bob Birdsong
Email: Bob.birdsong@hci.org
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