Supporting Maternal and Child Health

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Today we welcome Monica Esparza, the Executive Director at New Mexico Breastfeeding Task Force, a Silver level NM Family Friendly Business Award® recipient and valued partner and resource to the business community in our state. We continue the important conversation around Employer Supported Maternal and Child Health! Why it Matters Workplace health and wellness is increasingly generating more interest and support with every passing year. It is not surprising that employers are seeing the value in ensuring that employees stay healthy and productive while also lowering healthcare costs. As more and more women enter the workforce, maternal and infant care … Read More

Virtual Workshop – Centering Equity in HR Using Family Friendly Policies

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FFNM Past Virtual Workshop: Centering Equity in HR Using Family Friendly Policies Centering Equity in HR Using Family Friendly Policies HR professionals and individuals that wear many hats within their organization, manage many different functions on paper. But one (sometimes overlooked) function of HR is that of operationalizing what the company truly values. Centering equity in our work requires a personal commitment to justice in our everyday lives. That means acknowledging racist and sexist practices within our organizations and ourselves and actively working toward creating new equitable systems. This workshop aims to create a safe space to dig deeper at … Read More

Awardee Spotlight: Flyby Provisions

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Awardee Spotlight Flyby Provisions Family Friendly New Mexico is featuring award recipients that really stand out from the crowd. In August 2022, we interviewed Gina Riccobono, owner of Flyby Provisions and celebrate their efforts in creating a family friendly workplace! We believe that owning a sustainable business means acknowledging the needs of the people who work for the company.Gina Riccobono Why have you decided to have family friendly workplace policies? Family Friendly workplace policies embody everything Flyby Provisions believes and stands for when it comes to building a business and taking care of our employees. We believe that owning a … Read More

Making Motherhood Work: Interview with Dr. Caitlyn Collins

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Today we feature Giovanna Rossi’s interview with Dr. Caitlyn Collins, Assistant Professor of Sociology at Washington University on the Well Woman Show, which aired on National Public Radio on May 13, 2022. In this interview, Dr. Collins talks about her award winning book, Making Motherhood Work: How Women Manage Careers and Caregiving. The book is a cross-national interview study of 135 working mothers in Sweden, Germany, Italy, and the United States, about the experiences of working mothers in different countries, trying to get a sense for how they navigate employment and motherhood in places with very different policies and cultural … Read More

Family Friendly Workplaces Include Access to Reproductive Health Supports

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Recognizing and supporting employers to adopt and implement family friendly policies so that businesses, employees and their families thrive also means recognizing that we are committed to access for all employees to comprehensive reproductive healthcare. This is an integral part of “Health Support”, category two in our list of family friendly workplace policies. We champion efforts employers make at implementing policies that are family friendly. Since our work began we have taken action, offering resources and support as employers look at how policies impact employees’ ability to experience full participation in the workplace. Our work providing resources and support to … Read More

Employers as Allies

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Guest Blog written by: Dr. Erica Barreiro, Chief Learning & Diversity Officer at Nusenda Credit Union Many workplaces are taking steps towards becoming more inclusive and equitable as we strive to respond to diverse teams and inclusive work environments, but how is this accomplished? What does it mean to truly be an ally? Here at Nusenda Credit Union, we work to inspire our more than 700 employees to be open to different ideas and cultures, starting with listening to one another and treating people fairly, being inclusive, and valuing other perspectives. We strive to create an inclusive and equitable workplace … Read More

Employer Supported Child Care

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If there’s anything we’ve learned over the past few years, it’s the importance of family. When we were staying home to stay healthy, that time allowed us to reconnect with our families and re-evaluate what really matters. This also gave many employers a chance to analyze how they could offer additional support to their team members and their families. Many employers had to wrestle with whether to stay completely remote, requesting their team to return to the office full time, or to allow a hybrid environment. For those who leaned more towards the hybrid option, they also had to consider … Read More

Virtual Workshop – Employer-Based Child Care

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FFNM Past Virtual Workshop: Employer-Based Child Care Employer-Based Child Care Understand the Business Case and How to Get Started The pandemic has placed a spotlight on the link between child care and the economy, and employers are now being called upon to facilitate the needs of a workforce that is in high-demand. One third of the U.S workforce (50 million workers) has a child under 14 in their household and nearly 20% of workers surveyed have had to leave work or reduce working hours due to a lack of childcare. Workplace policies that help bridge this gap function as a … Read More

Awardee Spotlight: Businesses offering child/dependent care benefits

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Our Business Spotlight this quarter recognizes employers for making childcare a business issue and not just a family issue. These companies realize that when they offer subsidized or on-site childcare, it’s a win for everyone. Employer based childcare supports increased engagement, productivity, loyalty, flexibility, and retention. There continues to be a growing number of mothers, and more fathers, that need more support in order to return to the workforce. We congratulate these businesses for having subsidized or on-site childcare showing employees and jobseekers that families are a priority. At Family Friendly New Mexico, we are focused on providing resources to … Read More

The Future of Workplace Culture – Continued Conversation

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The future of workplace culture was the focus of a panel discussion during the 6th Annual Family Friendly Business Awards Luncheon. The panelist brought so many thoughtful responses we wanted to continue this conversation as a blog post and offer the insight shared as a resource. – Panelists – Dr. Gena Jones Assistant Vice President/Chief HR Officer New Mexico State University Dr. Jones has worked in the areas of Human Resources, Management and Supervision for over 30 years in both the private and public sectors; nineteen of which have been in executive leadership positions. She is certified as a Senior … Read More