Many companies (finally!) recognize the challenges of working full-time and raising a family, and now listen to research that finds that companies that support working parents, including nursing moms, is better for the bottom line. Many started to offer perks to make it a little easier.
For instance, BBVA Compass recently announced a partnership with an awesome startup Milk Stork, a service that enables employees who are moms and are traveling on the job to ship breast milk home overnight for a nominal fee. Kate Torgersen, mom and founder of Milk Stork, shares on this episode why companies are inspired to support working parents with these benefits. Here are some things Torgensen recommends if you want to encourage parent-friendly programs in your workplace:
- Understand your value to your employer.
- Know what you want. It might be more money. Or it might be something specifically of value to you – like working from home certain days, flexible time off, or the ability to take your baby to the office.
- Research the cost of not offering the service.
- Know the best path. Ask others in your organization what path they took to negotiate perks or propose change.
- Don’t be discouraged if you are the trailblazer. Someone has to go first!
Read or download the free (mega) book written by me: Free from Guilt: Why Moms Have it, and How to Conquer It, which is all about why so many of us struggle with being working moms, even though most of us need to work to live, and science says kids, families, marriage, society and moms thrive when we work.
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Emma Johnson is a veteran money journalist, noted blogger, bestselling author and an host of the award-winning podcast, Like a Mother with Emma Johnson. A former Associated Press Financial Wire reporter and MSN Money columnist, Emma has written for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Glamour, Oprah.com, U.S. News, Parenting, USA Today and others. Her #1 bestseller, The Kickass Single Mom (Penguin), was named to the New York Post's ‘Must Read” list.
Emma regularly comments on issues of modern families, gender equality, divorce, sex and motherhood for outlets like CNN, Headline News, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Fox & Friends, CNBC, NPR, TIME, MONEY, O, The Oprah Magazine and The Doctors. She was named Parents magazine’s “Best of the Web,” “Top 15 Personal Finance Podcasts” by U.S. News, and a “Most Eligible New Yorker” by New York Observer.