5 Companies with Kid-Friendly Offices
As office employees with our own growing families, we understand what it’s like to balance workplace responsibilities and family commitments. This has never been more true, when one of our very own Shopletters became a first-time mother late last year. She was blessed with an adorable rapidly growing little girl and within no time, had resumed to work. And while certain understandable circumstances do come into play every now and then, this Shopletter has continued to be a vital player in our team.
That led us to thinking, wouldn’t it be awesome if we had a kid-proof play area or even a pet-friendly breakroom in the office? (Cough, cough, in case the bossman is reading this!) The idea of playing with a little toddler seems like a great break to us, and it may even help improve our workplace productivity, knowing that our precious baby is safe with us in the office. While Shoplet may be working on that, this week we decided to roundup a couple of great companies that offer kid-friendly offices for their employees! Yes, they exist, take a look!
Being the King and Queen of DIY & Homemade Crafts, Esty is no stranger to hosting family-friendly craft parties, in fact they host them pretty often. These events encourage employees to invite their spouses and children into the office for a relaxing and inspiring crafternoon. Extra stools are set up in the company’s kitchen for family visits during lunch. While work is not suspended during those times, the company trusts their employees to balance family commitments and deadlines for priority projects.
Patagonia truly cares about their employees mental and physical health. They start by offering healthy organic low-cost meals and providing flexible working hours for employees to let loose in the Great Outdoors. And their staff participates in fun activities like hiking, surfing, beach cruisers, paddleboats, and in-house yoga/aerobic classes on a daily basis. For newfound parents, the company has on-site childcare, assistance for commuting parents and even covering costs for those employees looking to adopt.
Rachel Zoe claims that one of the best business decisions she has ever made was to build an in-house nursery in the company’s headquarters. When she found out a group of her employees were about to become mothers, the decision was instantaneous. Being a mom herself too, she values the importance of balancing work and home life. And we love how the nursery turn out– isn’t it adorable? Rachel has also been designing baby carriers and strollers to offer stylish and glamorous options for parents everywhere.
The SAS Institute is an innovative intelligence and data management company that offers various business solutions to their clients. Not only do they devote to clients, employee satisfaction is also one of their main concerns. Parents can rest easy knowing that their company offers adoption assistance, maternity/paternity leave, on-site summer camps, and even college scholarships for their employees’ older teens. These perks certainly help such a company like SAS recruit and maintain some of the top leaders in the workplace.
Nestlé – Purina
Do you love your furry friend like you would a little child? Employees at Purina know what it’s like to put pets at a priority– one of their employee perks? Pet-friendly office spaces! In addition to employee development services, an in-house office dietician, and desk massages (just pinch us now), Purina’s corporate campus features a 5-acre dog park and pet-care services. Having animals in the workplace has definitely help employees relax and create a unique corporate culture.