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Best Workplaces for Parents™ Give 16 Weeks for Maternity Leave Survey: Paid parental leave, work-life balance, and meaningful work drive retention for working parents, according to Great Place To Work research

News release by Great Place to Work - USA

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In a year when many companies are cutting back on paid parental leave, great workplaces are increasing time off for working parents.

Paid parental leave among the 2022 Best Workplaces for Parents™ averages 16 weeks for new moms, and nearly 12 weeks for new dads.

These companies have increased paid parental leave since 2020, while other employers, according to a June survey from the Society for Human Resource Management, have cut maternity and paternity leave this year, returning to pre-pandemic levels.

Not only are winning workplaces remaining competitive by increasing paid leave, but they have cultures where new parents can actually take their available leave. More than 90% of moms and 70% of dads take parental leave their companies offer.

“What sets these companies apart is they have cultures that allow new parents to take paid leave without fear—fear of losing their job, fear of missing out on a promotion, fear of getting left behind,” says Michael C. Bush, CEO of Great Place To Work®. “Offering time off in cultures where it can’t really get taken erodes trust.”

Great Place To Work determined this year’s Best Workplaces for Parents list by analyzing data from more than half a million employees with parenting responsibilities. That research revealed three key areas companies must invest in to remain competitive to working parents.

Top retention drivers for working parents:

1. Expand special and unique benefits, such as paid leave.

  • Nearly nine out of 10 parents at the Best Workplaces for Parents say their company has “special and unique benefits,” and when that’s true, they’re 65% more likely to stay with their employer.
  • 91% of parents at winning companies want to work at their companies for a long time, compared with 55% of parents at a typical U.S. workplace who are open to changing jobs by the end of this year, according to a July Great Place To Work market survey of nearly 2,200 working parents.

2. Connect meaning to work.

  • Purpose is the top retention driver for parents as well as a key predictor of employee attrition for all workers.
  • Parents at a typical workplace experience less meaning at their jobs — just 57% — compared with 88% at the Best Workplaces for Parents.
  • There is a three-fold increase in the odds that a parent will stay with their company if they believe their work has special meaning and is more than “just a job.”
  • 92% of parents at winning companies feel they make a difference at their job compared with 66% at a typical workplace.

3. Offer work-life balance support.

  • 91% of parents at winning workplaces say they’re encouraged to balance their personal and work lives compared with 62% at a typical workplace.
  • Parents are nearly 40% more likely to feel their company is a great place to work if they believe people are encouraged to have a healthy work-life balance.
  • 94% of parents at great workplaces report people give extra at work compared with 54% of parents at a typical workplace.
  • Parents are 16% more likely to plan to stay at their companies for a long time if they believe people are encouraged to have a healthy work-life balance.

The Best Workplaces for Parents in 2022:

The top 10 among large organizations (1,000+ employees):

1. Cisco

2. Slalom Consulting

3. Hilton

4. American Express

5. Comcast NBCUniversal

6. Deloitte


8. PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

9. Accenture

10. Bain & Company, Inc.

The top 10 among small- and medium-sized organizations (10-999 employees):

1. Greenhouse

2. Ro

3. Jobot

4. Ripple

5. Maven Clinic

6. Lattice

7. Thumbtack, Inc.

8. Collaborative Solutions

9. Sprout Social

10. GitLab

Visuals available: Companies with great cultures increase parental leave; Meaningful work drives retention for parents 



About the 2022 Best Workplaces for Parents

Great Place To Work determines the list using our proprietary For All™ methodology to evaluate and certify thousands of organizations in America’s largest ongoing annual workforce study, based on over 1 million employee survey responses and data from companies representing more than 6.1 million employees, this year alone. Over 568,000 responses were from employees with parenting responsibilities.

To determine the Best Workplaces for Parents™ list, Great Place To Work measures the differences in parents’ survey responses to those of their peers and assesses the impact of demographics and roles on the quality and consistency of parents’ experiences. Statements are weighted according to their relevance in describing the most important aspects of an equitable workplace for parents.

To be considered for the list, companies must be Great Place To Work Certified™ and have at least 50 responses from parents in the U.S. We require statistically significant survey results, review anomalies in responses, news, and financial performance, and investigate any employee reports of company noncompliance with strict surveying rules to validate the integrity of the results and findings. Data is also normalized to compare companies fairly across sizes and industries. Companies with 10 to 999 people are considered for the small and medium category; companies with 1,000 employees or more are considered for the large category.

To get on this list next year, start here.

About Great Place To Work

Great Place To Work® is the global authority on workplace culture. Since 1992, it has surveyed more than 100 million employees worldwide and used those deep insights to define what makes a great workplace: trust. Its employee survey platform empowers leaders with the feedback, real-time reporting and insights they need to make data-driven people decisions. Everything it does is driven by its mission to build a better world by helping every organization become a great place to work for all.

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