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Family Friendly Policies should
benefit the organisation and its employees;
acknowledge that the needs of both the organisation and employees are not static, but change over time;
highlight the need for management, unions/employee representatives and employees to discuss workable solutions;
encourage a partnership approach to meeting the needs of both the organisation and the employees;
operate in a fair and consistent manner;
be economically feasible;
value employees for their contribution to the business, not their working pattern;
be carefully planned and agreed;
include a monitoring and evaluation mechanism;
take into account the equality implications of any policies introduced;
be communicated to all employees in the organisation. Developments and changes to policies should also be communicated on a regular basis.