Workday named top employer for parents

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Workday was chosen most accommodating employer for parents.

Workday, an enterprise cloud application provider, has been named the best workplace for parents.

The designation was given by Great Place to Work, which culled responses from 443,000 workers at 700 companies.

Kim Peters, executive vice president of Great Place to Work, said being family friendly “is significant because it maximizes the contribution of employees.”

It’s important that “people be able to bring their whole selves to work,” Peters said.

Workday, which is headquartered in Pleasanton, California, scored highest on such measures as maternity, paternity and adoption leave, family programs, and workplace benefits that support family life.

“We’re honored to be recognized as a best workplace for parents, as this reflects our culture and our commitment to being a company that celebrates our employees’ full lives, including their families,” said Ashley Goldsmith, chief human resources officer at Workday. “As a working parent, I know how important it is to find the right balance for yourself, your team, and your family.”

Good corporate citizen

Virtually all employees said they feel good about the way Workday contributes to the community: They are proud to tell people they work at the company, management is honest and ethical in its business practices, and they are given the resources and equipment to do their job.

The rest of the top five for fostering strong environments for parents were Ultimate Software, Deloitte, Comcast/NBCUniversal and salesforce.com. Another 45 companies had similar attributes.

All companies surveyed by Great Place to Work, a research and consulting firm, found mothers and fathers were more committed to their work than non-parents.

Coworkers with children at home were more likely to plan a long-term future with their employers, to feel their jobs make an impact and to find their work meaningful.

Parents also reported more frequent concerns about office politics and the fairness of promotions.

Despite its prominence in programs aimed at parents, work-life balance ranked in the lowest quartile of retention factors for employees with children.

Family-friendly workplace

  • Nine in 10 parents at the Best Workplaces said they want to stay with their organizations for a long time.
  • At the Best Workplaces, 88% of mothers and 87% of fathers said their work is more than "just a job."
  • Ninety-two percent have permanent spaces for nursing.