Family Friendly Employers

Category: Special Situations

2009 Guide to Bold New Ideas for Making Work "Work" (2009)

Sponsor: Families and Work Institute

“Employers in this Guide exemplify what it means to provide flexible and effective workplaces. That’s the ticket of admission to appear in these pages. And it is a rigorous admission process because these employers are all winners of the Alfred P. Sloan Awards for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility. Not only do the employers have to score among the top 20% of employers nationally (based on national norms from Families and Work Institute’s National Study of Employers) to even qualify, but the real deciders are their employees. Employees are surveyed about working at these organizations and their responses count for two thirds of the final score used to select winners.”

Using data from the 2008 NSCW, we are able to determine which aspects of having a good fit between life on and off the job go together and matter most for employees and for their employers. We found that, considered together, the following five factors (which employees in the study were asked to rate on a four-point scale from strongly agree to strongly disagree) create a reliable scale for assessing “work-life fit”:

  • I have the schedule flexibility I need to successfully manage my work and family life.
  • My work schedule/shift meets my needs.
  • I have the co-worker support I need to successfully manage my work and family life.
  • My supervisor cares about the effect of work on my personal/family life.
  • My supervisor is responsive when I have personal/family business.”


Last Updated:
August 2009