As part of the new Inspire In Utah initiative, the Economic Development Corporation of Utah (EDCUtah) was recognized as one of 100 Utah companies that offer family-friendly policies and practices, as well as women-specific initiatives known to impact the recruiting, hiring, retaining, and advancing of women employees, managers, and leaders.
“EDCUtah is proud to be recognized as one of 100 companies in Utah championing women at all stages of their career and personal life,” said Scott Cuthbertson, president and CEO of EDCUtah. “Our policies are intended to support greater diversity among our staff as well as on our board, and we strive to create an inclusive culture where each individual can achieve their full potential.”
EDCUtah adopted the following programs to support increased diversity within the organization:
We understand the value of paid parental for all employees. EDCUtah employees are eligible for up to 6 weeks of paid parental leave if they adopt a child, if they become a foster parent, or if they or their partner gives birth after 1 year of employment at EDCUtah.
Depending on their commitment level, EDCUtah investors have the opportunity to serve on our board of trustees or board of advisors. While our board of trustees is defined in our bylaws, our board of advisors is more flexible. We made a conscious effort to redefine our board of advisors as a place for broader belonging and professional development. We ask companies to appoint an "emerging executive from an underrepresented background"–including women–to participate in that leadership level.
We have "core office hours" on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. when employees are expected to be in-person in the office. We chose those times to help people get their kids off to school, avoid peak rush hour, and be able to attend family activities. We also have "remote first" days on Tuesday and Friday, where people can work from anywhere.
We also offer three hours of "Wellness Flex Time" each week where employees can block time on their calendars for exercise, mental health counseling, and other wellness activities outside of core hours.
Health Benefits for Part-Time Employees
We also understand that the traditional 40-hour workweek may not work for everyone at every point in their lives–especially employees who are caregivers. That’s why we offer health benefits to part-time employees. Two executive working moms on the team have intermittently worked reduced hours with benefits for many years to accommodate family schedules. We have also employed a series of semi-retired "second lap" executives to help people begin to transition out of the workforce.
A full list of award recipients can be found at: https://inutah.org/100-companies/.