Family Friendly Business Awards announced

Three winners selected are SEARHC, Southeast Medical Center and GCI

Posted: Wednesday, May 12, 2010

The Partnerships for Families and Children, Best Beginnings, Association for the Education of Young People, United Way of Southeast Alaska and the Juneau Chamber of Commerce announced the winners of the fifth annual Family Friendly Business Awards during the weekly Chamber luncheon at the Moose Lodge.

The award recognizes employers that offer to assist their employees in maintaining a positive work life balance.

"According to research, top performers rate the balance between work and family life as second of sixteen factors in their decision to stay with or leave a company," said Joy Lyon, AEYC executive director. "And when you consider that 68 percent of Juneau's young children are in childcare, that means there is a significant number of parents in the workforce looking for an employer who is family friendly."

Three winners were selected in three categories:

• Nonprofit - SEARHC

• Small Business - Southeast Medical Center

• Large Business - GCI

Several childcare facilities and United Way of Southeast Alaska received honorable mentions. The 2009 winners were on hand to pass the awards on to the new winners. Sara Chambers, from Chapel by the Lake, and Daniel Bishop, from Costco, presented to the nonprofit and large business respectfully. Last year's small business winner, Rainbow Foods, was unable to attend; however, Cathy Roemmich, from the Juneau Chamber of Commerce, presented the award to Amanda Gables from Southeast Medical Center.

Family friendly business practices give employers a competitive edge when recruiting and retaining employees. Workplace flexibility is one of the most common ways an employer can assist their employees. Possibilities can include setting daily hours within a range of time, enabling time off during the work day to address family matters, job sharing, the ability to work from home, and allowing compressed work weeks.

The Partnerships for Families and Children is an inclusive group of 16 nonprofit and state agencies in Juneau working collaboratively to promote a seamless web of support services, and to increase broad based community support for young children and their families. Our vision is that all families with young children will have access to community resources that support the health, growth and development of children.

Partnerships for Families and Children members are AEYC, AWARE, Bartlett Beginnings, Catholic Community Services, Communities In Schools, Juneau Family Health and Birth Center, Juneau Youth Services, Juneau School District, Juneau Public Health, The Learning Connection, Office of Children's Services, REACH, SEARHC, Stone Soup, T&H Central Council Headstart, United Way of Southeast Alaska, Association of Alaska School Boards and U.S. Coast Guard Work/Life Office.

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