Family Friendly Workplaces Campaign
Kansas Power of the Positive invites workplaces to be allies in strengthening Kansas families and protecting Kansas children. Family friendly workplaces support a parent’s ability to provide a safe, stable, nurturing environment for their children. This campaign supports Kansas workplaces in creating conditions that not only strengthen families, but increase recruitment, retention, and productivity in the workplace.
For employers interested in learning more
For employees with an access code ready to take the survey
The Kids Are Good Business Survey system is designed for employers ready to evaluate and improve workplace policies and practices. The survey results will help you understand and identify the priorities of employees with children as well as perceptions about the extent to which your workplace meets those needs. These responses will help you prioritize next steps in your efforts to create work environments which support your employees, build stronger families, and create thriving work places. Watch our video: Strong Families Build Stronger Businesses
The Kids Are Good Business Survey was developed by members of Kansas Power of the Positive – a coalition dedicated to safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments for all Kansas children. The survey’s purpose is to help employers understand how families are impacted by different workplace policies and practices, and provide direction for making improvements.
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This campaign platform is made possible through Kansas Power of the Positive in partnership with Norton Community Foundation, Kansas Children’s Service League, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, and the WSU Community Engagement Institute.
As a business leader, recognizing your people as your greatest competitive advantage is the first step to setting them – and yourself – up for success. It is important to recognize that the stress your employees feel outside of work joins them at work. It is just good business to prioritize actions that can increase your competitive advantage and ultimately improve your bottom line. The great news is that there are actions you can take now that have broader societal impacts, benefitting your employee and their family, your workplace, and your community as a whole.
There is no cost for the use of the Kids Are Good Business Survey System. Kansas Children’s Service League and Wichita State University Community Engagement Institute have received support from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, the Norton Community Foundation and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas which enhances a federal grant with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In exchange for using the system at no cost, participating workplaces agree to:
- Commit to creating a more family friendly workplace>
- Identify an individual to serve as the Survey Administrator; often within the Human Resources Department
- Agree to share deidentified data with Kansas Power of the Positive through the Kids Are Good Business Survey System
- Promote the survey with employees and encourage participation
- Provide feedback to Kansas Power of the Positive
How to Get Started
Contact Kansas Children’s Service League at email@example.com.
Q: How do we administer the survey?
A: Once a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) is signed by all parties, your identified survey administrator will be provided an administrative log-in along with a survey link to distribute to employees. Employees may either follow the link to take the survey or visit familyfriendlyks.org and take the survey with an access code.
Q: How long is the survey?
A: The survey takes about 10 minutes to complete.
Q: When will the survey administrator get the results?
A: The results are automatic once your survey closes. You choose your own date to close the survey.
Q: Will anyone else have access to our Kids Are Good Business Survey results?
A: No. The individual with administrative login will be the ONLY person to receive the survey report and has the right to share it at his or her own discretion. Wichita State University assures the confidentiality of all data. Kansas Children’s Service League will publicly distribute only de-identified, aggregate data.
Q: What are Family Friendly Workplace conditions?
A: There are community conditions that families need in order to provide safe, stable, nurturing environments for their children. Of these, there are a subset that only workplaces can create. These workplace conditions taken together describe a Family Friendly Workplace. Examples of family friendly policies and practices in the workplace include:
- Flexible Work Schedule
- Predictable Work Schedule
- Child Care Access
- Paid Parental Leave
- Continued Breastfeeding and Lactation Support
- Comprehensive Employee Wellness
- Supportive Services and Resources
- Livable Wages
Q: What resources are available for workplaces creating Family Friendly Workplace conditions?
A: The members of Kansas Power of the Positive have collected resources that will help workplaces create conditions that allow working parents to provide safe, stable, nurturing environments for their children. Once your survey closes, each topic in the survey report is tied to a corresponding resource guide with information, success stories, model policies and more. Another excellent resources is Boost Your Competitive Edge: Actions for a Healthy Productive Workforce
Q: What is Kansas Power of the Positive?
A: The Kansas Department of Health and Environment, in partnership with Kansas Children’s Service League, convenes this coalition dedicated to safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments for all Kansas children. For more information, visit www.kansaspowerofthepositive.org
Q: Can small employers participate?
A: In order to maintain confidentiality, results from surveys with fewer than six responses will be suppressed in the report. The survey has a question that is only asked of employees with children under the age of 18 at home. If you have fewer than six employees respond to the question, you will not be able to see the average response for that question.