The Families and Work Institute released its 2012 National Study of Employers yesterday. Big, important stuff people! Here are some highlights:
Flex Ups and Downs. The 2012 study found a marked increase in the number of employers offering flexible work options including flex time and telework. At the same time however, fewer employers offered compressed work weeks, part-year employment, phased return to work after childbirth or adoption, or any other special leave considerations.
Family Leave Takes a Hit. The length of caregiving leaves for new fathers, new adoptive parents and employees caring for seriously ill family members has declined since 2005. And among those employers that provide any pay for disability related to childbirth (58%), far fewer provide full pay, now at 9%, down from 17% in 2005. What’s more, FWI estimates that roughly 26% of employers (even large ones) appear to be out of compliance with FMLA.
Work-Life. The study shows increasing popularity for employee wellness programs, EAPs, and caregiver information and referral programs. Also increasing is the number of employers offering Dependent Care Assistance Plans (DCAPs) to help employees pay for child care with pre-tax dollars.
In an interview for the Kansas City Star, report co-author Ellen Galinsky said, “It seems that employers are dealing with the lingering economic instability by trying to accomplish more with fewer people. Most of the gains allow employees to work longer hours or adjust those hours to care for their personal and family responsibilities while getting their work done.”
Check out the full report–there’s some interesting work on predictors, indicating which kind of companies are most likely to offer which kind of benefit. Are you keeping up with the benchmarks?
The NSE was previously conducted in 1998, 2005 and 2008. The sample of 1,126 employers includes organizations with 50 or more workers. Overall, 53 percent of employers were small organizations (50 to 99 employees nationwide) while 9 percent were large organizations (1,000 or more employees nationwide).