Written by Casey Hite of Aeroflow Healthcare
In today’s evolving business climate, navigating accommodations for breastfeeding employees can yield both immediate and long-term rewards.
Influential national companies such as Facebook, Google, and IBM, mindful of the need to support working parents to ensure retention rates remain high, as well as continue to acquire quality talent, are setting the industry standard for their attention to creating a healthy work/life balance for employees.
The corporations are outspoken supporters of employing parents and allowing them to have the flexibility and amenities needed for higher performance goals.
Among those amenities are providing nursing mothers with private, clean spaces to use their breast pumps. To that end, Google provides pumping rooms through an online reservation system, available 24/7, and designed the space based upon interviews with nursing mothers. Equipped with “locks, curtains, desks, a comfortable chair, a footrest, a refrigerator, cubbies, Clorox wipes, Kleenex, a stocked magazine rack, a hospital-grade pump, a mirror, and a side table,” Google has become an icon among parent-friendly workplaces.
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