What Businesses Can Do
Businesses can support children and families in many ways, both within and outside of the workplace
Businesses can have a positive impact on families in our community—employees and customers alike. Whether supporting employees by creating family-friendly practices, enlisting with local community organizations, or working to foster a sense of community in and around your workplace, your business has many opportunities to make a difference.
Recognize that balancing work and home life can be difficult for everyone at times, and especially for parents. Check in with mothers and fathers to see how they are doing. Parenting is often difficult and asking for help can be hard. Acknowledging this and offering support is an important connection for all families.
Decide what “family-friendly” means for your business. Family-friendly policies in the workplace make it possible for employees to more easily balance family and work obligations.1 Read below for ways to do this:
Getting involved in your community is an excellent way to give back and foster camaraderie among employees—and increase recognition for your business. Here are a few ideas:
Provide training to employees about how to communicate with and support parents in your place of business, especially during stressful parenting and family situations. A simple smile or gesture to a customer or client recognizes that parenting in public is difficult and sometimes "kids will be kids.”
Share resources like Parenthelp123 with employees. Parenthelp123connect families to a range of health and community resources.
Join an organization that advocates for the well-being of children and families. There are many to choose from, but here are a couple of examples:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offer a variety of actions, both large and small, that businesses can take to support families and prevent child abuse.
Learn how to promote safety in your place of business. Domestic violence impacts many families and poses a risk to every workplace in America. An employee who is not safe at home can’t perform their best work. Learn more.
There’s a lot to know about child abuse and neglect and its effect on a community. Prevent Child Abuse America explains why reducing adverse childhood experiences, also known as ACES, is an investment in the future—for everyone. Want to know more about brain development? Check out this document.
1 Phil Rabinowitz, “Promoting Family-Friendly Policies in Business and Government, Chapter 25, Section 11 ” Community Tool Box, last accessed February 21, 2020, https://ctb.ku.edu/en/table-of-contents/implement/changing-policies/business-government-family-friendly/main.
2 “State Health Agency Breastfeeding Promotion and Support”, Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, last accessed February 21, 2020, https://www.astho.org/Maternal-and-Child-Health/Breastfeeding/?terms=BABIES+IN+THE+WORKPLACE