The Potts Family Foundation recognized 12 Oklahoma companies and organizations at the inaugural Oklahoma Certified Family Positive Workplace Awards Ceremony on June 27 at the Central Oklahoma Homebuilders Association, OKC. Senator Kay Floyd, who authored the recent family leave legislation, participated as keynote speaker and presented the awards to the recipients. The Family Positive Workplace (FPW) is one of the Potts Family Foundation’s newest programs in coordination with the Oklahoma State Council for Human Resource Management and the Oklahoma Child Care Resource and Referral Association.
The goal of the awards ceremony is to recognize companies that have implemented, though their internal policies and procedures, family positive practices that better support their employee base. The most common policy examples include flexible leave and work schedules, child care expense assistance, and paid time off for volunteer work. Parenting seminars and brown bag lunches with information and resources on parenting skills made available to employees are also great ideas with little expense when building a family positive workplace.
“The research on the outcomes of employers implementing FPW policies is extensive and quite strong,” Knutson said. “Companies that have family positive workplace policies in place have an easier time in both attracting new employees and retaining existing employees and experience increased productivity, loyalty
and improved morale.”
Companies receiving awards at the first annual ceremony were:
- Community Service Council (Tulsa)
- Great Plains Child Care Resource and Referral (Cache)
- Great Plains Youth & Family Services (Hobart)
- Nextep Inc. (Norman)
- Oklahoma Child Care Resource & Referral Association (OKC)
- Pivot, A Turning Point for Youth (OKC)
- Rainbow Fleet Child Care Resource and Referral (OKC)
- Smart Start Central Oklahoma (OKC)
- Southeastern Child Care Resource & Referral (Durant)
- Switchgear Search & Recruiting (Tulsa)
- United Way of Enid & NW Oklahoma (Enid)
- Variety Care (OKC)
“We congratulate each of these companies and hope they will continue to introduce additional family positive policies, which will strengthening their bottom lines while improving workplace productivity,” said Paula Koos, Chair of the Family Positive Workplace Advisory Committee and Executive Director of the Oklahoma Child Care Resource and Referral Association. The application process for 2018-2019 will run from October 1 through March 31. Companies and organizations interested in participating in this free recognition process are encouraged to review FPW certification criteria by following the tab Apply 2018 from the Family Positive Workplace .