Lovelace Health System earns recognition as New Mexico family-friendly workplace

Status will give Lovelace an edge in competition to attract highest-quality applicants
 
(ALBUQUERQUE) – October 26, 2016 - Lovelace Health System earned distinction for its workplace policies by Family Friendly New Mexico, a statewide project developed to recognize companies that have adopted policies that give New Mexico businesses an edge in recruiting and retaining the best employees.
 
“In health care, it is often easy to point out the care that we provide to families as being ‘family-friendly’, but the fact that we offer our employees certain benefits that are family-friendly may fall under the radar,” said Ron Stern, CEO of Lovelace Health System. “We certainly offer family-friendly services to the public, such as our birthing centers, our kid-friendly Emergency Room, pediatric services and more. But our employees make us who we are, and their families matter as much as our patients’ families. We are glad to be recognized for the family-friendly policies we offer our employees.”
 
The Family Friendly New Mexico project has taken a positive approach to transforming workplace policies in the state by offering training and resources on how businesses can adopt more family-friendly policies; awards and recognition for companies that offer their employees family-friendly benefits and a resource and clearinghouse of information for businesses and community leaders as they develop policies on issues such as paid family leave and help with childcare.
 
 “As we grow the state’s economy, we have the opportunity to be a national leader in offering New Mexicans workplaces that help companies attract and keep the best workers,” said Giovanna Rossi, head of Family Friendly New Mexico. “Implementing family-friendly policies can be a simple, concrete investment a company can make to ensure it can compete for highly qualified employees. Studies have shown that costs associated with creating family-friendly benefits are more than made up for in improved productivity, employee morale and employee retention.”
 
Lovelace Health System offers employees paid time off, flexible work schedules depending on job role, employee-subsidized health, dental and vision insurance, retirement savings plans, education reimbursement and more. 
 
Family-friendly policies include a wide range of options that companies can adopt, including providing access to health insurance; paid vacation; making reasonable accommodations for pregnant employees; flexible leave time for parents to attend to their kids’ medical or school needs; paid family leave and ensuring workplaces have proper breastfeeding space and storage, among many other family-friendly benefits.
 
The New Mexico Task Force on Work Life Balance has launched a new online business award called the New Mexico Family Friendly Business Award, to recognize and celebrate New Mexico businesses that have family friendly policies in place, including paid leave, health support, work schedules and economic support. The statewide task force was created by the New Mexico State Legislature in 2010. Any New Mexico business is eligible to apply for the New Mexico Family-Friendly Business award. For a full list of family-friendly policies and to learn more about the New Mexico Family Friendly initiative and see if your company qualifies, please visit www.nmfamilyfriendlybusiness.com/.
 
For information about job openings at Lovelace Health System, please visit www.lovelacehealthsystemjobs.com.
 
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