United Way West TN named as a 2023 Best Place for Working Parents
JACKSON, Tenn. — United Way of West Tennessee has received a special recognition.
A press release states the nonprofit organization has been named a 2023 Best Place for Working Parents.
A growing national network of business leaders, the Best Place for Working Parents promotes family-friendly policies as a best practice for business. The network uses a confidential online business self-assessment test that allows companies of all sizes to tout innovative practices that help working parents provide for their families and thrive at work.
“We are thrilled to receive this recognition and lead the way in making West Tennessee the best place to raise a family” said Matt Marshall, United Way of West Tennessee President and CEO. “As we invest in our community’s children and families, family-friendly policies are ways we can do this.”
The release says that local and national research proves the importance of family-friendly workplaces, stating:
- 83% of millennials would leave a job for one with stronger family-friendly supports.
- Employee replacement costs an employer six to nine months of an employee’s salary.
- Over 60% of working parents have missed work due to child care issues.
- Employers lose $13 billion annually due to child care challenges within the workforce.
“This recognition as a Best Place for Working Parents aligns with our commitment to support families across West Tennessee, both through our Shared Services Network and our Bright Start initiative,” said Olivia Abernathy, United Way’s Senior Director for their Office of Childhood Success. “These programs, which emphasize early childhood development and community collaboration, help cultivate a work environment that understands and supports the needs of working parents. We are proud to model family-friendly practices, and we encourage other organizations to join us in making this commitment.”
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