The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden was recently designated a Family Positive Workplace for its family-friendly internal policies by the Oklahoma-based Potts Family Foundation.
Only 32 organizations from across the state earned this designation during the second annual Family Positive Workplace Awards Ceremony in early August.
“The OKC Zoo is thrilled to be recognized as a family-positive workplace,” said Tammy Burnett, OKC Zoo director of human resources. “The most important part of this organization is our workforce. It’s critical that employees feel supported and we work diligently to express that through our generous leave policies, robust health plans and other family-centered benefits.”
The Family Positive Workplace (FPW) is one of the Potts Family Foundation’s programs that falls under the OK25by25 Early Childhood Coalition umbrella, which launched in May of 2016. OK25by25’s primary demographic is families with children, pre-birth to five, and its goal is to have Oklahoma be among the top 25 states, by 2025, in key early childhood metrics.
The goal of the awards ceremony is to recognize companies that have implemented, though their internal policies and procedures, family positive policies that better support their employee base. The most common policy examples include flexible leave and work schedules, child care expense assistance, and paid time off for volunteer work.
“The research on the outcomes of employers implementing FPW policies is extensive and quite strong,” Craig Knutson, president and CEO of the Foundation, said. “Companies that have family positive workplace policies in place have an easier time in both attracting new employees and retaining existing employees and experience increased productivity, loyalty and improved morale.”
Other organizations earning FPW designations included Citizens Bank of Edmond, Girl Scouts of Western Oklahoma, Inc., Palomar: Oklahoma City's Family Justice Center, The Boeing Company and the Tulsa Community Foundation.