Resources and referrals | Corporate concierge | Intermissions | Maternity, paternity and adoption support | Lactation program | Child care services | Children's camps | Parenting education, support and online communities | College Coach and scholarships | Elder care
Realizing that all employees can benefit from work-life support during their careers, we offer a wide range of resources to meet diverse needs. Our U.S. work-life programs are outlined below. Initiatives vary globally depending on specific work cultures and government-subsidized programs.
LifeWorks resources and referrals
Through our LifeWorks program, employees have 24/7 access to experts who can provide information, consultation, resources and referrals in the areas of finances and budgeting, legal matters, child care, parenting, adoption, education for children and adults, health and wellness, mid-life and retirement, elder care, housing and consumer purchases. Employees and members of their households can access LifeWorks services online, by email or by phone in multiple languages.
U.S. employees can access professional and personalized concierge services through a website, email or phone 24/7. The MyConcierge staff handles personal transactions for employees that might otherwise preoccupy them during the workday, such as purchasing tickets or gifts, planning personal travel, planning vacations, making reservations, and much more. At some locations, concierges also offer tickets, gifts and discount cards for employees to purchase.
Our Intermission program allows employees to take a break from their day and go outside to enjoy food and live music. Initially launched in Dallas, these events remind participants to take advantage of our wellness and work-life programs.
Maternity, paternity and adoption support
All employees have access to paid time off when they welcome a new baby or child into their family. Our disability benefit plan provides an eight-week paid maternity leave for birth mothers; new fathers receive two weeks of paid paternity leave. Adoptive parents also receive two weeks of paid leave and are eligible for adoption reimbursement of up to $4,000 for agency and legal fees, court costs and transportation expenses. Outside of the U.S., we supplement government or local family leave options.
To support new mothers who choose to continue breastfeeding when they return to work, we provide designated private lactation rooms at all sites. These rooms are furnished with refrigerators, comfortable furniture and medical-grade pumps. Lactation consultations, information and educational materials are available through our LifeWorks program.
Child care services
We contract with local and national child care providers to offer discounts to employees for full-time, backup and sick child care. Additionally, LifeWorks provides child care consultations and customized referrals to child care centers, family child care homes and nannies that are best suited to an employee's specific child care needs.
For employees who have children with special needs and/or chronic health conditions, we created an Exceptional Caregiving website with several other companies. The site features comprehensive information that addresses the many aspects of caring for a child with a disability and related work, school and family issues.
Employees can also contribute to a dependent daycare spending account, setting aside pre-tax dollars to offset some of their child care costs.
In 2000, TI established the company's first on-site children's camp. Today, we offer nearly four months of full-time, state-licensed summer, winter and spring break camps at three sites for employee children 5 to 13 years old. The camps promote child development; encourage balanced nutrition for a healthy lifestyle; and provide a well-rounded recreational experience in a safe, structured and supervised environment.
The cost to employees and contractors is $180 per week. The convenience, accessibility and affordability of the camps greatly reduce parental stress.
Parents can also take advantage of a company-subsidized, two-hour child care service while they exercise at our on-site fitness facilities. This program serves children ages 6 weeks to 13 years and provides a variety of fun, age-appropriate, structured activities.
Parenting education, support and online communities
Our parent education program, widely recognized for its outstanding parenting curriculum, offers several on-site seminars each month. We also support a popular online employee parenting forum, where employees and their spouses or partners can post questions or resources on the company's intranet.
Several online communities have developed over the years, such as the Parents Network, Adoptive Parents group, New Moms Network, and groups for employees caring for children with disabilities.
College Coach and scholarships
The college admissions process can be a stressful and time-consuming task for the entire family. We partner with College Coach, an organization with expertise in helping families understand how to select, apply to and finance college for their children. The program is free to all employees and offers informational webinars, one-on-one counseling, a help desk and a virtual learning center.
We also offer college scholarships through the Jerry R. Junkins Memorial National Merit Scholarships program in honor of our former chairman, president and CEO. Children of active, retired or deceased employees who are National Merit Program finalists are eligible to apply for the scholarships. Since its inception in 1996, we have awarded 286 scholarships amounting to more than $1.1 million.
Caring for elderly parents or other adults who are chronically ill or disabled can be challenging for employees. Our LifeWorks program offers a wealth of educational materials, expert consultations and customized searches for support such as in-home and center-based care, backup care, assisted living, home health programs, transportation, and chore services. We also offer elder care seminars and online discussion groups for caregivers.