Family-friendly Employment Practices

Employees with family commitments often have to juggle between work and family responsibilities. By introducing family-friendly employment practices, employers can help employees balance the responsibilities of their work and families.

Measures to Take

Family-friendly employment practices may comprise the following measures:

  • Family leave benefits, such as marriage leave, parental leave, compassionate leave, special casual leave and special long leave, etc.
  • Flexible work arrangements, such as five-day workweek, flexible working hours and home-based work, etc.
  • Employee support schemes, such as medical protection to employees and their family members, child care services, counselling services on stress or emotional management, setting up of nursery room and organising family recreational activities.

The following links present you with case studies of exemplary employers and practical reference materials for putting in place relevant practices. You may find some inspirations for formulating family-friendly employment measures that best suit the interests of your organisation and the employees.

Good people management and family-friendly employment practices (pdf file)Flexitime (pdf file)Five-Day Work Week (pdf file)

Advantages of Introducing Family-friendly Employment Practices

Making the workplace family-friendly can help addressing employees’ needs to take care of their families. When employees are being relieved of the pressure of family caring, they can work wholeheartedly with their mind at peace. In a supportive working environment, employees will appreciate that they are valued and cared for and employers in return will be benefited by:

  • enhanced productivity and work performance
  • reduced absenteeism from work due to sickness or occupational accidents
  • reduced staff turnover, which in turn helps save recruitment and training costs
  • building up positive corporate image, which helps enhance the company’s ability to attract talents and long-term development


Last revision date: February 2015