Majority of Companies Have Made Policy Changes for Working Parents



    TORONTO, Jan. 17 /CNW/ - Raising a family while working can be a
challenge for most parents, but it seems many businesses are lending a helping
hand. According to a survey, close to two-thirds (65 per cent) of companies
have made policy changes to better accommodate working parents.
    The survey was developed by OfficeTeam, a leading staffing service
specializing in the placement of highly skilled administrative professionals.
It was conducted by an independent research firm and is based on telephone
interviews with 100 randomly selected senior Canadian executives.
    Executives were asked, "In the past five years, has your organization
made changes in workplace policy to better accommodate working parents?" Their
responses:

    
    Yes........................................  65%
    No.........................................  32%
    Don't know.................................   3%
                                                ----
                                                100%
    

    "Programs that support work-life balance are attractive to professionals,
especially members of the 'sandwich generation' -- those caring for both
children and elderly parents," said Diane Domeyer, executive director of
OfficeTeam. "For smaller firms that may not have as much flexibility in
adjusting salaries as larger organizations, offering these types of benefits
can level the playing field."
    Domeyer noted that working parents aren't the only ones who benefit from
perks such as telecommuting, flextime, extended family leave and elder care.
"Many employees are juggling multiple priorities and appreciate these types of
programs. Companies should actively promote these offerings to all prospective
hires, both in job postings and during the employment interview."

    OfficeTeam provides businesses with the highly skilled administrative
talent they need to maximize productivity, achieve cost efficiency and support
full-time staff. The staffing firm has more than 300 locations worldwide and
offers online job search services at www.officeteam.com.

    To schedule an interview for local commentary in Toronto, Winnipeg,
Calgary or Vancouver, please contact Jason Chapman at 416-350-2010,
extension 62070.





For further information:

For further information: OFFICETEAM, Jason Chapman, (416) 350-2010
extension 62070, jason.chapman@rhi.com


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