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Question: I am a “non-traditional” job seeker who is trying to balance work and the responsibility of caring for my elderly parents.  I simply can’t work Monday through Friday from 9 to 5!  Is there any hope for my job search? Answer: Yes! Family-Friendly Employers do exist and luckily are growing in popularity.  Businesses realize that happy, healthy employees with a proper work/life balance contribute more for the company’s bottom line.  Frederick County Workforce Services and Frederick County Office of Economic Development, in conjunction with our partnering agencies, recognizes and awards businesses in the Frederick area that offer their employees the flexibility and benefits necessary to properly balance work and life outside of work.  These businesses offer a variety of benefits.  For example: · Flex-time and Telecommuting options · Pre-tax spending accounts for child or elderly care · Paid Volunteer Day Off  · Education benefits · Parking reimbursement · 401K program · Short and long term disability · Lactating rooms for new mothers · Time daily for reflection and spiritual growth · Work weeks ending at 3 PM on Fridays · Donation to a non-profit when an employee volunteers 50 hours  · Matching Gifts Program · Pro-rated benefits for Part-time employees · Volunteer incentive program · Survivor case management and floral tributes · Counseling services · Self-enrichment training luncheons for employees · A Summers Off Program that allows associates to take the summers off to be with their family, to travel, etc · Bring Your Child to Work day · Annual Scholarship Program for associate’s children who are in college · Flu shots to all associates and their families, on site, at a reduced cost · Annual Family Fun Day at the National Zoo When performing your job search, be sure to do your homework.  Research companies by perusing their website or calling the company directly with some general questions.  When you receive a job offer, consider negotiating your benefits.  If one benefit in particular would serve you more than another, ask if you have the option to “mix and match.”  The worst they could say is “no.” A list of the 2008 Top 10 Family Friendly Business Award winners can be found at http://www.discoverfrederickmd.com/news/news/newsitem.cfm?item=1372 .  And, a list of the previous years award winners can be found at http://www.discoverfrederickmd.com/news/news/newsitem.cfm?item=1357