Many companies recognize the challenges of working full-time and raising a family and offer perks to make it a little easier.
For instance, BBVA Compass recently announced a partnership with Milk Stork, a service that enables employees who are moms and are traveling on the job to ship breast milk home overnight for a nominal fee. Kate Torgersen, mom and founder of Milk Stork, shares on this episode why companies are inspired to support working parents with these benefits. Here are some things Torgensen recommends if you want to encourage parent-friendly programs in your workplace:
- Understand your value to your employer. Good employees are the foundation of any company, and employers know how much it costs them to replace and train workers. They want to keep you happy. But you may have to quantify why first, so you can articulate it to your boss.
- Know what you want. Do you want to work from home two days per week? Take Tuesday afternoons off to volunteer at your kids’ school? Backup child care benefits? More paid time off? Or, perhaps you want to advocate for a bigger program, like an on-site medical facility or child care services.
- Research the cost of not offering the service. If you want a more flexible schedule, be prepared to show how more control over your schedule will only enhance the quality of your work. If your goal is an on-site medical facility for the organization, then show your employer how many hours employees spend each year going to a doctor, and compare that with the expense of having an on-site nurse practitioner.
- Know the best path. Every workplace has a unique landscape along with well-traveled routes to success. Ask others in your organization what path they took to negotiate perks or propose change.
- Don’t be discouraged if you are the trailblazer. After all, someone has to propose change for it to happen.
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