Members of Congress Recognize October as National Work and Family Month

Members of Congress in both houses have introduced resolutions to officially designate October as National Work and Family Month, a national awareness campaign that promotes work-life effectiveness as an integral element of the modern workplace.

WorldatWork and Alliance for Work-Life Progress, sponsors of the campaign, encourage all workplaces to take time this month to communicate and celebrate the progress already made on the journey to creating healthier and more flexible work environments, and then raise the bar to accomplish even more in the coming year.

“In good times and in bad, work-life has demonstrated its value as a key business strategy. National Work and Family Month is a time to remember the challenges millions of Americans face in balancing their work and family lives and a call to action to do something about it,” said Kathie Lingle, WLCP, executive director of Alliance for Work-Life Progress at WorldatWork. “Take a look at the work-life portfolio and consider adding one new low- or no-cost initiative that will increase business productivity through higher employee engagement.”

Time and time again, data have shown that adopting work-life effectiveness policies makes good business sense for both employers and employees. Now more than ever before, employers need to know there is an inexpensive, effective way to motivate and retain top talent they’ll need to get through tough times. Meanwhile, employees need to know it’s good to utilize work-life programs offered at an organization because it will help them become more productive. Both employers and employees can learn more by visiting the National Work and Family Month Web site.

The month of October was first designated as National Work and Family Month by a resolution of the United States Senate in 2003. The U.S. House of Representatives reaffirmed October as National Work and Family Month in 2008. This year, Reps. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY) and Todd Russell Platts (R-PA) have introduced H. Res. 768, while Sens. Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) and Michael Crapo (R-ID) are the lead sponsors of S. Res. 296. Both measures would officially recognize the importance of this year’s National Work and Family Month.

About WorldatWork
WorldatWork ( is a global human resources association focused on compensation, benefits, work-life and integrated total rewards to attract, motivate and retain a talented workforce. Founded in 1955, WorldatWork provides a network of more than 30,000 members and professionals in 75 countries with training, certification, research, conferences and community. It has offices in Scottsdale, Arizona, and Washington, D.C.

About the Alliance for Work-Life Progress
Alliance for Work-Life Progress ( is dedicated to advancing work-life as a business strategy integrating work, family and community. An entity of WorldatWork, AWLP defines and recognizes innovation and best practices, facilitates dialogue among various sectors and promotes work-life thought leadership.

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