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State Opinion Polls: Small Business Owners Provide Array of Benefits to Employees

Publisher: 
Small Business Majority
Date: 
Tuesday, 14 July, 2015

Many small business owners think of their employees as family, and they believe in taking care of their employees in order to retain a happy and loyal workforce and to attract top talent. They also know it’s important for their employees to be able to balance their work and family responsibilities. New scientific polling shows the majority of small businesses in Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi and New Mexico offer benefits like paid leave and provide family-friendly policies for their employees.

Key Findings

Louisiana

A scientific opinion poll conducted for Small Business Majority found many Louisiana small employers offer family-friendly benefits to their employees to accommodate their responsibilities at home, including two-thirds of small businesses that allow their employees to take time off from work to attend their children’s school activities, such as parent-teacher conferences. The majority of Louisiana small businesses (53%) offer paid vacation to employees, and nearly 4 in 10 (38%) small business owners offer on-the-job training or financial assistance for education and training outside the job, such as tuition reimbursement. 

Michigan

Small Business Majority's scientific opinion polling found many Michigan small employers offer family-friendly benefits to their employees to accommodate their responsibilities at home, including more than 6 in 10 (63%) small businesses that allow their employees to take time off from work to attend their children’s school activities. Nearly half of Michigan small businesses offer paid vacation to employees, and more than 4 in 10 (42%) small business owners offer on-the-job training or financial assistance for education and training outside the job, such as tuition reimbursement. 

Mississippi

A scientific opinion poll conducted for Small Business Majority found the majority of Mississippi small employers offer family-friendly benefits to their employees to accommodate their responsibilities at home, including more than 7 in 10 small businesses that allow their employees to take time off from work to attend their children’s school activities, such as parent-teacher conferences. Additionally, the majority of Mississippi small businesses (57%) offer paid vacation to employees, and more than 1 in 4 small businesses offer health insurance benefits. 

New Mexico

Small Business Majority's opinion polling in New Mexico found many small employers offer family-friendly benefits to their employees to accommodate their responsibilities at home, including more than 7 in 10 (72%) small businesses that allow their employees to take time off from work to attend their children’s school activities, such as parent-teacher conferences. Nearly 3 in 10 (29%) provide flexible work schedules or opportunities to work from home to accommodate family responsibilities. Additionally, nearly 6 in 10 New Mexico small businesses (59%) offer paid vacation to employees. 

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