After being named a “100 Best Company” by Working Mother magazine for four years running, this year Broad was named a “Best Company for Dads” by Seramount, Working Mother’s parent company, which compiles these lists every year.
After being named a “100 Best Company” by Working Mother magazine for four years running, this year Broad was named a “Best Company for Dads” by Seramount, Working Mother’s parent company, which compiles these lists every year. The award goes to institutions that lead the country in gender-inclusive programs that support working parents – and for us, it was a recognition of our childcare support, paid parental leave, flexibility, and other family support programs that apply to all parents, whether they’re biological parents, adoptive, surrogate, or something else.
Still, it was a touch disappointing to miss out on a fifth year on the Working Mother ‘Best 100’ list. Last year we were one of just seven nonprofits on the list – we’re one of just nine on this year’s ‘Dads’ list – and it’s clear that the entire field is becoming more crowded as many more employers do more to support working families. That’s great news for parents and parents-to-be across the country.
Being a parent is an incredible, rewarding, life-altering experience. It’s also really, really hard. The pandemic is making it even harder, and has exacerbated the challenges that working caregivers have long faced around childcare, access to education and enrichment, health and well-being, and emotional support.
All of those surveys we’ve been asking you to fill out helped us quickly see that we needed to do more to support working families in ongoing ways. It’s why we rolled out a number of new programs that benefit parents, parents-to-be, and non-parents – such as increased mental health support for all Broadies, flexible work arrangements, the COVID-19 Childcare subsidy, additional backup care days, COVID-19 Caregiving Leave, the COVID-19 Reduced capacity program, and partnerships with EdNavigator and Outschool.
At Broad, we provide innovative programs and policies because we know Broadies who feel supported can do their best work toward achieving our scientific mission of impacting human health for the better. It’s great to see that more organizations are stepping up their game, too. We’ll continue to listen and respond to your needs and to the changing times, developing the kinds of support and resources that have always made our culture special.