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Will ‘grandparent leaves’ keep older workers in the workforce?



“As we were looking at that, we said, ‘If you really want to create those moments that matter, especially around a new child being born or adopted, why don’t you look at grandparents as well?’” said Ted Kezios, Cisco’s senior vice president of benefits.

Grandparent leaves is part of a larger trend of companies looking for new ways to hold onto employees by giving them more flexibility, according to the report.

“A lot of employers, as they start working through multiple generations in the workforce, are going to have to think about what flexibility means to them,” said Kezios. “How do you evolve and make sure that you’re getting the right balance between what’s best for your people, and also what’s best for the company?”

And companies that focus on a well-being culture – including grandparent leave – will have “the strongest people strategies to support a workforce, and [what] employees are going to want to see when choosing their next employer,” said Rebecca Starr, area president at insurance brokerage and consulting firm Arthur J. Gallagher’s HR consulting practice, in the report.

Previously, major UK employers including Metro Bank, NatWest, PwC, Tesco, Unilever, and Vodafone have partnered with the Positive Parenting Alliance to promote more family-friendly policies for employees undergoing divorce.

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