For more than 35 years, the Economic Development Corporation of Utah (EDCUtah) has worked to promote Utah and attract businesses to the state. With its focus on building and strengthening local communities, it’s little wonder that EDCUtah supports women. The work it does not only benefits economic development in Utah but also sets a visible example for other companies, thus benefiting all Utah women in business.
How EDCUtah Champions Women
EDCUtah has several policies that make it a great place for women to work. One of the main benefits is flexible work hours for Utah women and men. While it expects all employees to be reachable during regular business hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., it only asks employees to be in the office from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday. These are “core office hours,” allowing parents to get kids to and from school and avoid peak rush hour traffic. Employees can work from anywhere for all other hours, including Tuesdays and Fridays. These flexible hours for working women and men allow employees to balance work and personal lives better.
In addition to work flexibility for Utah women, the company also offers paid family leave benefits for mothers. It extends the same benefits to fathers so they can provide maternity leave support for Utah women. Plus, it offers full-time benefits for part-time employees. The company’s chief financial officer and senior vice president have utilized these benefits.
Why Supporting Women Is Important to EDCUtah
One of the goals of EDCUtah is to provide a safe and respectful workplace for its employees that values diversity, inclusion, and equality. The organization has a diverse board of advisors. They ask companies to appoint an “emerging executive from an underrepresented background” — including women — to participate in that leadership level.
100 Utah Companies Championing Women
Just as we’ve seen how EDCUtah supports women through its part-time professional roles for Utah women, remote work options for Utah women, and diversity leadership for women in Utah, we’re using the 100 Companies Championing Women initiative to recognize companies making similar efforts. Follow along on Instagram and LinkedIn as the Inspire InUtah initiative highlights the Utah companies supporting women.