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When Work Works Program Aims to Increase Flexibility, Family-Friendly Policies

Lockton highlighted as a leader

When Amy Gerritz, a Lockton Senior Account Manager, found out she was expecting her first child, naturally, she was excited to start her family. Like many women, she struggled with the decision to stay home or return to work. But her daughter didn’t give her much time to make up her mind, arriving three months early.

“It was a stressful time,” said Amy. “Not only were we faced with a new baby, but also a major medical event. Through it all I always felt tremendous support from my fellow Associates and supervisors.”

Lockton provided Amy the time she needed to care for her daughter, and then continued flexibility after she and the baby went home from the hospital, allowing her to work part-time.

This type of workplace flexibility is exactly what the When Work Works program aims to promote. The nationwide initiative brings research on workplace effectiveness and flexibility into community and business practice. Last week, Kansas City Mayor Sly James, the Society for Human Resource Management of Greater Kansas City (SHRM-KC), and the Women’s Foundation, announced they are joining the When Work Works initiative as community sponsors.  Aligning with this program will allow these community and business leaders to offer workshops and other activities to equip local businesses with best practices that support employees and employees’ families in the Kansas City metro area, as well as bring recognition to employers that embrace these practices.

“When we first saw the documentary film, The Raising of America, last year, I knew we had to do something in Kansas City to promote family-friendly policies such as paid parental leave and affordable childcare,” said Mayor James. “When Work Works can help Kansas City businesses support employees and their families so they can attract and retain dedicated workers that, in turn, will keep the local economy strong.”

Stacie Engelmann, HR Consultant at Lockton and immediate past president of SHRM-KC, said studies show employees in effective and flexible workplaces report higher engagement on the job, greater job satisfaction, a strong desire to stay with the organization, and overall greater well-being.

Amy has been with Lockton for 17 years and attributes that longevity to Lockton’s family-friendly policies and culture.

“I can honestly say the way Lockton responded as my employer back then created a deep loyalty in me,” said Gerritz. “My daughter is 12 now, and I’m fortunate that I’ve gotten to spend those years being a parent first, while still serving my clients and loving what I do every day.”

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