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Best Workplaces 2012: Best Workplace for Working Parents

Fekete Associates

May 1, 2012

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THERE ARE THREE FIRM workweek rules at Calgary-based Fekete Associates: everyone is supposed to be in the office from 8:30 to 3:30 from Monday to Thursday, a full-time job is 37.5 hours per week and the office closes at noon on Fridays. After that, it’s open season. “There isn’t one standard that we apply,” says Don Lipsett, director of human resources at the 175-employee consulting and software development company. “What we have is the realization that everyone is a little different, and to the extent that we can make an individual accommodation, we’re going to do that.” The evidence?

Compressed day One woman takes a shorter lunch hour so she can pick up the kids after daycare.

Work all day on Friday Another works all day Friday, but makes up for it by shortening every other day.

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Work at home One sales associate works from home one day per week.

Four-day workweek One working parent has gone to 88 per cent, taking Fridays off.

Half time, full time One working parent is working half time but will go work full time when her child is back in school.

Extended maternity leaves This year alone, Fekete extended maternity leave for several new mothers by anywhere from one to three months. This is on top of the legislated 15 weeks of maternity leave and 37 weeks of parental leave.

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