All in all, 2015 was a pretty good year on the working families and work-life fronts
.Companies expanding their paid parental leave plans dominated the summer news cycle, and prior to that US Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-NY, reintroduced legislation that would create a system of paid family leave for all American workers. Company culture continued to be a hot topic, and important people wrote important words about working moms.
In other news, Care.com’s Workplace Solutions Blog turned 2 this year! And our most popular blog posts mirrored some of the most talked about topics from the ever-changing world of work and families.
From our widely shared FAMILY Act explainer to a rundown of five ways in which meeting culture kills productivity, here’s a roundup of our 15 most popular blog posts from 2015.
- When Helping Working Moms Doesn’t Help
“You can’t legislate gender parity.” That’s a key takeaway from this post. And it was our reaction this past spring, when the great New York Times writer Claire Caine Miller dropped a must-read on the unintended consequences of some policies meant to support gender parity. That is to say, these well-intentioned policies can wind up overreaching and perpetuating workplace discrimination against the very populations they’re meant to lift up. In this post, we provide a few suggestions about how to design family-friendly policies that won’t backfire.
- 8 Great Employee Benefits Millennials Actually Want
The great millennial myth of hoodie-wearing, entitled brats is slowly giving way to the widespread realization that millennials – who are now our largest workforce demographic – have grown into a force to be reckoned with. For this post, we talked to a few HR pros to find out what kind of employee benefits millennials actually want. Their responses might surprise you.
- 5 Things You Need to Know About the FAMILY Act
We wrote this straightforward FAMILY Act explainer after Gillibrand reintroduced the legislation back in March. Currently, the United States is the only industrialized nation in the world that offers no form of paid leave for new moms. The FAMILY Act – short for Family and Medical Insurance Leave – would change that.
- 7 Reasons You’re Losing Good Employees
This stowaway from 2014 offers a valuable lesson from Employee Retention 101: If you want to retain your top talent, remember your employees are people … and treat them that way.
- Katharine Zaleski’s Apology Should Inspire Us All to Treat Working Moms Better
“I’m sorry to all the mothers I worked with.” Remember back in March when Kathrine Zaleski wrote that in Fortune? Zaleski, who we now know as the co-founder and president of PowerToFly, a job-matching platform connecting women with digital and tech jobs they can do remotely, had all of us congratulating her honesty and examining what we can do to great working moms better.
- 11 Questions Pregnant Employees Worry About
In this popular post, Vicki Shabo, vice president at the National Partnership for Women & Families, set out to answer some of the most common job-related questions for those working mothers-to-be out there thinking, “I’m pregnant. Now what?” Shabo provides interview tips for pregnant job-seekers, advice for how to tell your boss you’re expecting and some strategies for transitioning back to work after the baby arrives.
- Coming Out at Work … As a Mom
Do you bring up your kids in a job interview? Or do you hold off, afraid of how your future manager might react if you “out” yourself as an active parent? Readers loved this blog post by Katie Bugbee, a managing editor and parenting expert here at Care.com. Give it a read to see why Katie drops the “k-word” during her final round interviews.
- How Lifestyle Benefits Impact Workplace Productivity
Did you know 90 percent of employees have left work due to family responsibilities? Or that 30 percent say they’ve cut back by 6 or more hours per week? Those are just a few of the findings from the “Better Benefits” survey Care.com Workplace Solutions released in 2015. Another surprising result? Almost two-thirds of employees say they’d leave their job for a comparable one with better benefits. For more insights, check out the full report here.
- 15 Companies with Work-Life Benefits Employees Dream About
From Google’s legendary on-site amenities to HubSpot’s sabbaticals to Pearlfisher’s ballpit, this blog posts runs through some of the companies offering the kind of out-of-the-box work perks that are definitely catching your employees’ eyes.
- Stop Hiring Jerks: 10 Steps to Finding Your Perfect Cultural Fit
This may have been the year “hiring for cultural fit” officially earned its place in the pantheon of corporate clichés. Seriously – if you interviewed even one single candidate in 2015, then chances are you endured someone from your office waxing on about how important it is that he or she fits the culture. But just because something’s a cliché doesn’t mean it doesn’t make good business sense. That’s why we put together this guide to finding – and hiring – your perfect cultural fit.
- What 6 Months in Corporate America Taught This Millennial
In a move that can only be described as was part social experiment part exit interview, we turned the blog over to our B2B marketing co-op on her final week with the team. The result was a funny, insightful and entertaining post that builds from first-day nerves to veteran realizations, like “meetings are work” and that nobody uses the nap room.
- 5 Ways Your Meeting Culture is Killing Productivity
This post struck a chord with many readers, especially those who wrestle with their company’s meeting-heavy culture. In addition to identifying five ways meeting cultures can kill productivity, we provide a few tips for running meetings more effectively.
- 5 Reasons Work Perks Do Not a Culture Make
A one-sentence summary of this post? Work perks are the window dressings; culture is about a pattern of behaviors and beliefs that characterize and organization.
- 9 Ways the Cost of Child Care Affects Working Parents’ Careers
Care.com’s second Cost of Care survey found that 69 percent of working parents say the cost of child care has influenced their career decisions. This post looks at nine of the ways child care costs impact working parents’ careers, and what companies can do to keep these important workers present and engaged.
- 7 Companies with Innovative Parental Leave Policies
2015 wasn’t just a year in which companies expanded their parental leave policies, it was a year when many also added creative twists to their maternity and paternity leave programs. This post provides a look at seven companies changing the parental leave game with innovative policies designed to work like our modern families do.