Task Force Shares Family Friendly Policy Report

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After several months of examining Georgia Tech’s practices for easing the integration of work and life, the Task Force on Family Friendly Policies is sharing its recommendations with the campus community.

“The strategic plan begins by reminding us that, ‘As leaders, designers, and innovators, our role is not only to solve problems, but also to shape our world,’” said Scott Morris, chief human resources officer. “Our ability to do that depends in part upon our efforts to engage our workforce and to continue to distinguish the Institute as an employer of choice. This task force considered an important question: How can we build a great place to work?”  

Last spring, the team — which was co-chaired by Morris and Archie Ervin, vice president for Institute Diversity, and included graduate students, faculty and staff — was charged with assessing Tech’s environment, conducting an inventory of current programs, identifying gaps and recommending changes.

The task force researched national best practices and met with deans, other leaders, and University System of Georgia personnel. From this, the following seven focus areas were identified:

  • Connect communities and increase camaraderie.
  • Develop the people who work at Tech.
  • Facilitate the transition of new faculty, staff, graduate students and their families into the Institute.
  • Assist with work-life demands.
  • Help faculty and staff balance family care responsibilities.
  • Promote financial security.
  • Encourage healthy life choices.

“We hope that faculty and staff will read this report and provide comments that will help the Institute better understand how we can build upon our momentum in making Georgia Tech a great place to work,” Ervin said.

Click here to read the full report.