Examining the University of Denver's Family Friendly Benefits Plans: A look at Creating More Family Friendly Benefits to Drive Employee Retention

Date of Award


Document Type

Capstone Project


Strategic HR Management

Degree Name

Master of Professional Studies


Strategic HR Management


Katherine Frazier


Benefits; Childcare Resources; Employer Supported Benefits; Family Friendly Benefits; Family Support; Family Supportive Initiatives; Retention; Work/Life Balance


In the latter half of the twentieth century the workforce dynamic changed when the number of women entering the workforce increased by record amounts. In direct opposition to this change was the inability of organizations to meet the needs of employees with childcare concerns. Organizations and employees alike are best served when policies, procedures, and benefits are implemented to achieve a positive work/life balance. Companies that institute benefits that are supportive to families observe decreases in turnover and increased employee retention. Employees who are offered family friendly resources have been known to stay with companies even when offered a higher salary elsewhere. Demonstrating that retention of valued employees is linked to an organizations ability to offer support for family needs.

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