Guide to Family-Friendly Workplaces in Florida

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Family-Friendly Benefits that Make Sense for Your Business

Bosses for Babies is a statewide initiative of The Children’s Movement of Florida, designed to meaningfully engage business leaders in boosting their workforce and contributing to community prosperity through family-friendly policies.

Bosses for Babies works with business leaders from the Panhandle to the Keys to help them develop tailored, family-friendly policies—big and small—that support their business needs and objectives. We are powering employer-led change, fueled by research-based, family-friendly practices that improve workplace productivity, recruitment and retention, and help grow a strong economy that supports the health and well-being of our state’s current and future workforce.

We are pleased to launch the Guide to Family-Friendly Workplaces in Florida as an easy tool for employers looking to enhance their policies or employees wanting to make the case for changes internally. There is no one-size-fits-all approach; employers can choose the approach that's right for their business. 

In this Guide:

  • Family-friendly policies that benefit your business
  • Sample policies (on flexibility, health care, paid leave, child care and more)
  • Case studies from Florida employers - including several Bosses for Babies
  • Steps to get started: implementing new policies or enhancing existing ones

Our Vision:

  • Workplaces are family-friendly.
  • All children have a strong start in school and in life.
  • Florida businesses are competitive.
  • The next generation workforce is successful.

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  • 68% of children in Florida today live in families where all parents work.

  • $5.4B loss annually for Florida's economy due to child care issues

  • 55% of unplanned absences are because of child care issues

  • Number 1 reason that parents with children zero to 6 will leave a job is concerns with child care

  • $1.7B – Florida employers will spend on turnover costs

  • Nearly 40% of parents nationwide say they’ve left a job because it lacked flexibility

Family Friendly Policies

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Paid Leave

For the purposes of this guide, we focus on paid leave only, as paid leave has more positive impacts on employers and employees versus unpaid leave

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Flexible Work & Scheduling

A flexible work schedule allows employees to choose when they work, as long as they put in their hours every week.

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Health and Wellness Benefits

Health benefits can include health and dental insurance, as well as on-site wellness centers, on-site fitness centers, subsidies for joining a gym, and/or health- and fitness-oriented programs for employees’ children or spouses.

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Child Care

Backup and emergency child care programs are offered at an employer’s work site, in centers, or in an employee’s home, and allow employees to continue working.

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Breastfeeding friendly workplace

Accommodations & Support

Support for breastfeeding mothers includes a range of benefits

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Advisory Council Members

We are grateful to the individuals who advised us on the content in this guide to ensure it is relevant and helpful for the Florida business community.

Greg Britton

Greg Britton

CEO, Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network, Pensacola Florida

Eddie Gonzalez-Loumiet

Eddie Gonzalez-Loumiet

CEO, Ruvos, Tallahassee

Dr. Harleen Hutchinson

Dr. Harleen Hutchinson

FAIHM Broward Chapter Chair

Diane Jacob

Diane Jacob

Senior Vice President, PNC Bank, Tampa

Amy Ruth

Amy Ruth

Chief Human Resource Office, Florida Blue, Jacksonville

Michelle Ubben

Michelle Ubben

President, Sachs Media, Tallahassee

Kyle Baltuch

Kyle Baltuch

Senior Vice President of Economic Opportunity and Early Learning, Florida Chamber Foundation, Tallahassee

The Case for Family-Friendly Workplaces

Wins for Businesses

Family-friendly workplaces have a competitive advantage. They attract and retain more top talent, and their employees are more productive and more committed. Plus family-friendly employers benefit from reduced employee health care costs,15 a healthier work environment, and fewer employee absences.

Wins for Families

For children and families, the benefits of family-friendly workplaces are numerous and long lasting. They include positive impacts on health, development and well-being, financial stability, and future career success. Children whose parents have access to family-friendly benefits receive much-needed support and time with their parents during the most critical years of human development. This leads to positive health outcomes, higher education attainment, and future career success. Parents who have access to family-friendly benefits also have improved health outcomes and are happier and more productive at work.

Wins for the Future

To prepare our future workforce for success, we have to start in early childhood. During children’s earliest years, their experiences are built into their bodies—shaping the brain’s architecture and creating the foundation for future learning and health. In other words, everything a child experiences from birth impacts that child’s ability to fulfill his or her potential.

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We are grateful to our partners in North Carolina who provided much of the research base for this guide. Additional information can be found at

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