February 21, 2012 > Employers and employees encouraged to participate in survey
Employers and employees encouraged to participate in survey
Submitted By Gwendolyn Mitchell and Marina Hinestrosa
The Santa Clara County Commission on the Status of Women and the County of Santa Clara Office of Women's Policy (OWP) are conducting a study on Work Life Balance to assess best practices and analyze trends that support a sustainable economy.
"We encourage both employees and employers to take part in this entirely confidential survey," said Santa Clara County Supervisor Liz Kniss. "This information can provide honest and insightful feedback on the struggles and triumphs that shape women's lives."
In 2010, the Department of Labor Women's Bureau held a forum on Workplace Flexibility which provided an opportunity for small business owners, corporate leaders, workers, policy experts and labor leaders to share their ideas and strategies for making the workplace more flexible to benefit American businesses and the economy. Separate surveys for employees and employers were recently launched to identify availability and impact of work-life balance programs. Such a survey was last conducted was in 2000.
"This baseline information will help local employers and employees as the nation moves into economic recovery," said Suzanne Doty, Chair of the Commission. "We're pioneering an initiative to assess local efforts and have expanded the agenda from workplace flexibility to work life balance, including topics such as job sharing, FSA (Flexible Spending Accounts), FSLA (Fair Labor Standards Act), childcare and parent training resources."
The Commission on the Status of Women and the Office of Women's Policy will use survey findings to generate and share best practices and better support initiatives connected to Work Life Balance. Results will be released in the spring, along with the upcoming March 2012 Report on the State of Women & Girls in Santa Clara County.
"We invite everyone to participate so we can see how women are coping with today's economy and challenges and learn about strategies they are implementing to reach a balance in life and work," said Esther Peralez-Dieckmann, Director of the County Office of Women's Policy. "This survey is an excellent information gathering tool to learn how work is impacting families and women in Santa Clara County."
Participation in the surveys is voluntary, free and anonymous. Each survey takes a few minutes to complete. Surveys will be available online through March 2012, and can be accessed at http://tinyurl.com/7p4cejr (employer survey) and http://tinyurl.com/7lunlfn (employee survey).