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Paid Leave, Retention and Telecommuting: Top Posts of 2014

Posted by Patrick Ball on 31 Dec 2014

Lots to talk about from the working families front in 2014. Advice for managing telecommuting employees was one of our most popular posts in 2014

Our roundup of work-life wins from 2014 covered the a professional athlete's paternity leave, the White House Summit on Working Families, efforts to reclaim vacation time and the Labor Department's call for employers to #LeadOnLeave by offering paid parental leave. 

And this look at work-family fails from the past year saw a former quarterback putting his foot in his mouth, 17 states getting failing grades for their support (or lack their of) of working families and Kim Kardashian's general nonsense, among other things. 

Also, we launched's Workplace Solutions Blog in 2014. And the following list is a collection of our top posts from the past year. Enjoy! 

  1. 20 Companies With Great Maternity Leave
    From EY's maternity leave program of nearly 10 months to the 10 weeks offered by Yale University, this post runs through 20 companies with progressive (and generous) maternity leave packages before putting it in the context of how far behind the rest of the world the United States lags when it comes to offering paid leave for new parents. 

  2. 20 Companies With Great Paternity Leave 
    Another fairly self-explanatory post, this one looks at companies like Reddit, Facebook and Patagonia, which go beyond the FMLA to offer paid parental leave to both moms and new dads.
  3. 6 Things Telecommuting Employees Should NEVER Do
    You've heard of "killing them with kindness," well this post kills with caution. As flex work is on the rise, we look at some of the distractions remote employees face -- such as child care, noise and lack of structure -- and provide tips for how to cope. 

  4. 8 Simple Ideas for Managing Stress at Work and Home
    Stress is rampant in modern America. In fact, anxiety disorders, which affect 40 million adults in the United States, are the country's most common form of mental illness. This post looks at ways to curb employee stress and keep minds healthy, creativity high and work-life balance within reach.

  5. Doing the Math on Paid Parental Leave
    Not only are today’s working parents challenging traditional gender roles, but the employer-employee relationship has evolved as both sides realize that when it’s working at home, it’s working at work – and vice versa. Here, we highlight a new white paper from the Families and Work Institute and that crunches the numbers to identify the business benefits of providing paid leave for new parents. 

  6. 7 Reasons You're Losing Good Employees
    If you want to keep your best employees engaged and loyal to your organization for the long run, then you’re going to need to support them in their professional and their personal lives. This post explains why you're losing good employees, so that you can inform your retention strategies for the future. 

  7. 5 Ways Getting Personal Improves Employee Engagement 
    For all the attention paid to ping-pong tables, free gourmet lunches and afternoon massages, even the sexiest work perks (six month sabbatical, anyone?) aren't guaranteed to improve employee engagement. This post is a reminder that employees notice the little things, like when you know their names -- and when you don't. 

  8. Why New Moms Are Still Quitting Their Jobs
    A little less than half of working moms return to their jobs within the first three month of giving birth, and more than a third don't return within the first year, according to a Census Bureau report.  Another 20-or-so percent of women quit their jobs around the birth of a child. Why? We polled members to find out. 

  9. With Flex Work Rising, 5 Tips for Managing Your Remote Employees 
    In this age of constant contact, the question is no longer whether to let employees work remotely, but rather how to manage a remote workforce. We provide a few tips for doing just that. 

  10. Does It Pay to Offer Paid Leave? 
    From loyalty and productivity to recruiting and retention and company culture, there are many ways ways providing paid leave benefits the employers and working families alike. We explain a few in this post. 

  11. 7 Ways HR Can Help New Parents Return to Work 
    Cultivating a company culture that's attentive to new parents, and working families in general, isn’t just politically correct -- it's also good business practice. We explain how to ease the transition back to work after parental leave in this post. 

  12. Don't Waste Exit Interviews: 7 Questions to Fuel Retention Strategies 
    Getting the perspective of departing employees can help you identify areas of improvement within your company culture and develop retention strategies for the future. This post provides a few questions to help get the most out of your exit interviews.

  13. What Women Want: What It Takes To Be a Great Company for Women 
    In this post, VP of Human Resources Joanne Derr explains that what it takes to be a great company for women also makes you a great company for all employees. That is, by supporting your employees' loved ones through family-friendly benefits, we’ve found that we’re also supporting our employees and enabling them to be more present, engaged and focused at their jobs.

  14. Freezing Eggs: A Work Perk to End Tech's Female Retention Troubles? 
    This post explores the decision by a few Silicon Valley giants to cover the expenses for female employees who want to freeze their eggs, and poses the question about whether this unique work perk will make the tech industry more appealing to female talent. Well, does it?  

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