June 27, 2006 at 08:00 AM EDT
Kids in the Cubicle: 38% of Parents Bring Their Children to Work in Emergency Situations; Experience, Inc. Finds That Companies are Increasingly Compassionate Toward Families

In an effort to better understand one of the biggest stresses for working parents, Experience, Inc., recently surveyed companies and organizations of all sizes and industries to understand how often working parents mix the office setting and their families.

High-level findings of Experience's "Kids in the Cubicle" survey include:

Workplace Trends

-- 38% of companies allowed parents to bring their children to work sometimes, in an emergency situation

        --  42% of companies generally do not allow employees to bring
            children to work, but 20% were very supportive of parents
            bringing their children to work

-- While only 14% of companies offer on-site day care, 39% do sponsor a formal "bring your child to work day" to encourage learning and awareness

-- In addition, 39% of companies have work environments that are considered child-friendly

Employee Perspectives

-- 21% of survey respondents say they have always been supportive of occasional visits from children, and 7% have become more supportive of this practice during the last 5 years

        --  44% are neither more nor less supportive than they were 5
            years ago

        --  28% continue to discourage bringing kids to work

-- 60% of respondents feel that companies need to be more supportive of working parents and their children in order to retain a talented workforce that includes parents

        --  15% think companies should be more supportive to encourage
            youth development

        --  16% believe that companies are already supportive enough

Survey Methodology

Over 100 employers responded to Experience's "Kids in the Cubicle" survey, which was conducted in June 2006. Respondents came from industries as diverse as pharmaceuticals, building materials, technology, financial services, government agencies and non-profit organizations. Employers who opted-in to receive communications from Experience were invited to participate in the poll.

Employer quotes

Many organizations agreed to be contacted about their responses. Please contact experience@matternow.com for more information.

About Experience

Founded in 1996, Experience is the leading provider of career services that support students and alumni of the nation's top universities. Experience's web-based platform spans more than 3,800 universities, 3 million registered candidates, 100,000 employers, and 800,000 job and internship opportunities. For more information, visit www.experience.com.

Experience is a trademark of Experience, Inc. Other company and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners.

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