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National Work and Family Month
Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of National Work and Family Month

About National Work & Family Month

The month of October was established as National Work & Family Month (NWFM) by WorldatWork’s Alliance for Work-Life Progress in 2003. This was the first year a bipartisan resolution designating October as NWFM was passed in the U.S. Senate. Since 2003, both the U.S. House and Senate have passed resolutions honoring October as National Work & Family Month.

Dedicating a month to work and family issues encourages all workplaces to pause once a year and reflect on the progress already made on the journey to work-life effectiveness, celebrate and then raise the bar, moving on to even more pervasive progress.

The month of October also provides annual recognition of the importance of employer-sponsored work-life programs in attracting, motivating and retaining top talent.


U.S. Senate Resolution 210

The unanimous passage on Sept. 5, 2003, of U.S. Senate Resolution 210 designated October as National Work & Family Month.

By declaring October National Work & Family Month, the U.S. Senate concurred with the National Work-Life Initiative that "supporting a balance between work and personal life is in the best interest of national worker productivity" and that "reducing the conflict between work and family life should be a national priority."

In its proclamation, the Senate also requested that "the President issue a proclamation calling upon the people of the United States to observe 'National Work & Family Month' with appropriate ceremonies and activities."

Sponsored by Senator Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah) and co-sponsored by 12 of his colleagues, Resolution 210 identifies 11 important issues confronting American workers that are addressed by the adoption of work-life programs and services, including:

  • 85% of U.S. wage and salaried workers have immediate, day-to-day family responsibilities off the job
  • 46% of wage and salaried workers are parents with children under the age of 18 who live with them at least half time
  • Nearly one out of every four Americans -- over 45 million Americans -- provided or arranged care for a family member or friend in the past year
  • An increasing number of baby boomers reach retirement age in record numbers [and] more and more Americans are faced with the challenge of caring for older parents.

Resolution 210 goes on to say that work-life programs:

  • Are key predictors of job productivity, job satisfaction, commitment to employers, and retention
  • Allow parents to be more involved in their children's lives, and parental involvement is associated with children's higher achievement in language and mathematics, improved behavior, greater academic persistence, and lower dropout rates.

Co-sponsoring Resolution 210 were senators:

  • Lamar Alexander (R-TN)
  • Christopher Dodd (D-CT)
  • James M. Jeffords (I-VT)
  • Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA)
  • John. F. Kerry (D-MA)
  • Mary Landrieu (D-LA)
  • Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ)
  • Joseph I. Lieberman, (D-CT)
  • Richard G. Lugar (R-IN)
  • Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)
  • Paul S. Sarbanes (D-MD)
  • Charles E. Schumer (D-NY)



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