Roy Gilbert

Family-Friendliest Award: Open communication leads to a family-friendly workplace

Beach Cities Health District’s WorkWell Committee plans its next wellness challenge. It’s no secret that an individual’s work and home life impact one another. So for the Beach Cities Health District—a community-based healthcare organization in Redondo Beach, Calif., with a focus on preventive healthcare and wellness—open and consistent communication to ensure its staff’s well-being is a top priority. Along with 15 vacation days after one year of employment, BCHD staff also receive 12 weeks of paid parental leave for the birth or adoption of a child. But it doesn’t stop there. The health district also offers free after-school and summer programs for employees’ children. “It’s important to walk our talk. As a preventive healthcare center, we let everyone know we’re a family-friendly environment,” said Megan Vixie, chief engagement officer. Twice a year, supervisors sit down with employees to not only discuss their career goals but also their work/life balance. “They try to understand and make sure the workload isn’t an additional burden on their life. We are family first, we just need to know about those problems.” In addition to the paid time off, staff also receive adoption assistance, including reimbursement of agency and travel fees and legal assistance. And for nursing mothers, BCHD has dedicated space for regular pumping for those without a closed office space and store milk in communal refrigerators. BCHD prides itself on giving staff the flexibility they need to dedicate time to family and self-development. It provides educational assistance, such as up to $4,000 […]

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