Help Your Employees Save for Their Children’s Future

Julianna SilvaBlog

save for college

[Guest Post from Carolyn Fittipaldi, Marketing Director for The Education Trust Board of New Mexico.] It’s easy to help your employees save for their children’s future with The Education Plan Looking for an easy, no cost way to enhance your current employee benefits and increase morale? The Education Plan will help you attract and retain your best employees by helping families save for college with a 529 account. The Education Plan is New Mexico’s 529 education savings plan, administered by The Education Trust Board of New Mexico. It is intended to help more New Mexicans achieve their higher education goals … Read More

Creative Approaches to Support Lactating Employees

Angelica ArchuletaBlog, COVID-19

August is National Breastfeeding Month

[Guest Post from Monica Esparza, Deputy Director, New Mexico Breastfeeding Task Force] August is National Breastfeeding Month—a time when breastfeeding coalitions, Departments of Health, advocates, and communities promote the important role all community members can play in supporting lactating parents. Employers play a critical role in the success of their lactating employees by providing accommodations. Their support of a healthy workforce begins by understanding the many health benefits that human milk and lactation have for both infants and parents. For example, infants who are breastfed/chestfed tend to be healthier, so parents miss work less often and incur less health care … Read More

Restaurants Continue to Innovate Under COVID-19

Julianna SilvaBlog, COVID-19

local restaurants get creative

Positive COVID-19 cases continue to rise across the U.S. and, specifically, here in New Mexico. Because of that, many businesses are having to make difficult decisions that balance their employees’ and customers’ health and safety and the viability of their business. The accommodation and food service industry statewide has seen an estimated 16% decrease in gross receipts tax revenue collections in FYQ3 of 2020 (as compared to FYQ3 of 2019), according to the New Mexico Quarterly Economic Summary published by the State of New Mexico Economic Development Department. At Family Friendly New Mexico, our mission is to support employers that … Read More

Making an Impact Series | Business Success

Julianna SilvaBlog

FFNM Virtual Event

DJ Heckes, CEO of Exhib-It!, a Gold level award recipient of the 2020 Family Friendly Business Award™, recognizes the impact that family friendly policies such as predictable scheduling and flex time have on the success and profitability of her business. Employers often cite the cost of adopting family friendly policies to their businesses, but research has shown that costs for adding family friendly policies are more than made up for by higher productivity, reduced employee turnover (which means lower costs for training and recruiting), improved ability to recruit more qualified employees as well as increased job satisfaction and morale. The … Read More

Making an Impact Series | Work Schedules

Lindsay McCoyBlog

FFNM Virtual Event

How U.S. Eagle Federal Credit Union retains qualified employees and leads with policies that put their employees at the center of their business model. Family friendly policies in the workplace can look different for every business. Often, businesses tend to follow the same model with the same policies and structure for their employees for many years. It’s important to continuously evaluate policies for their effectiveness in building a strong workforce that enhances the strengths of the business. Sharing how businesses have cultivated these policies as a structure to build on makes our family friendly business community stronger and more knowledgeable. … Read More

Making an Impact Series | Paid Leave

Lindsay McCoyBlog

FFNM Virtual Event

How Albuquerque Plumbing Heating and Cooling amplifies policies such as paid leave to generate company culture and employee satisfaction. More than ever businesses are looking to each other as well as leaders within the business community to learn strategies that help to retain employees and sustain their financial stability and growth. Over the next few weeks we will be spotlighting three of our awardees and sponsors that really put in the hard work to make sure that even during a time of crisis, their commitment to family friendly policies is crucial to the success of their business and employees. These … Read More

Virtual Awards Event Highlights

Angelica ArchuletaBlog

FFNM Virtual Event

We are so grateful for the overwhelming support we received from all of our Family Friendly NM community! This includes so many of you that we want to dedicate this week’s blog post to extending the celebration of our 5-year anniversary by featuring highlights from our virtual event. Our virtual awards event held on Thursday, June 11th recognized all of our awardees that purchased tickets to this year’s Family Friendly Business Awards Luncheon. We recognized our event sponsors and supporters, 5- and 6-year returning awardees, welcomed special guests and brought the family friendly business community together in a fun and … Read More

Our Commitment to Antiracism

Angelica ArchuletaBlog

commitment to antiracism

Family Friendly New Mexico is committed to racial justice. We are committed to listening and learning, doing the hard work, having the hard conversations and providing resources so that our business leaders can do the same in their own organizations. In the last weeks and months the world as a collective has been forced to critically examine many of our external and internal structures and here at Family Friendly New Mexico (FFNM) we are doing the same. Our work provides resources to employers to further their efforts to create a supportive workplace that helps their employees and their families to … Read More

Featuring the Family Friendly Business Award

Julianna SilvaBlog

Family Friendly New Mexico (FFNM) is celebrating our fifth anniversary this year and we thought it would be a good time to give a little history and deeper dive into our program. The mission of the FFNM initiative is to recognize and support employers that adopt and implement family friendly policies so that businesses, employees and their families can thrive. What is Family Friendly? We realize that the term “family friendly” can have a variety of meanings and interpretations. The term is used in many situations such as describing a business that is family friendly by allowing children into the … Read More

Meet Two Members of our Business Leadership Council

Julianna SilvaBlog

Since the founding of the Family Friendly New Mexico (FFNM) initiative, we have relied upon the expertise, commitment, and support from community business leaders to inform and provide guidance to our efforts. This group of advisors is called our Business Leadership Council and we are grateful for the past and current members who have dedicated their energy to supporting family friendly employers across the state of New Mexico. In our blog post today, we introduce you to two more of our current six members. Amanda Armenta, Sr. Manager, Employee Success Partner T-Mobile Why did you join the FFNM Business Leadership … Read More