The month of October was designated as National Work & Family Month by a Resolution of the United
States Senate in 2003 and is was secured on October 15th, 2009 by both the house and senate. The
purpose of this designated time is to remind both employees and employers of the reciprocal relationship
that exists between them in meeting both their satisfaction and needs. The National Work and Family
Initiative propose that by supporting balance between an individual’s work and personal life, it reduces the
conflict between work and family life and should be a national priority. The U.S. Government supports that
work-life programs are key predictors of job productivity, job satisfaction and commitment to an
organization. They help parents be more involved in their children’s lives and recognize the role and
responsibilities of caregivers.
The Emory WorkLife Resource Center promotes Work & Family Month by recognizing the progress they have
made over the last few years in creating a healthier, more supportive and flexible workplace. Despite the
down economy, Emory has continued to develop and promote work-life programs and policies and the
launch of the WorkLife Resource Center in May. Even in these difficult financial times, Emory has been able
to demonstrate to its employees that they value and support them. Emory and The WorkLife Resource
Center will continue to evaluate and create work-life programming as a means to continue motivating and
retaining the top talent that exists in its community.