11 Sep 10 creative ways to help working parents
More than half of working parents report that their biggest concern is not having enough time for their children. Continue reading to learn how employers can take an active role in helping working parents.
Can working moms have it all? Say goodbye to the broad-shouldered power suits of the ’80s and ’90s. Juggling a career and raising children is no longer a women’s-only issue.
While mothers are now the primary or sole source of income for 40% of American households with children, 75% of employees of all genders report their biggest concern as a working parent is not having enough time for their children. From single dads to same-sex couples, breadwinning moms to full-time working grandparents, the parenting workforce is changing.
No matter a family’s parenting makeup, employers can take an active role to help alleviate daily stressors affecting all working parents in the new, high-demand workplace. Here are 10 ways to do so.
1. Get real about childcare.
2. Offer flexibility.
3. Make it convenient.
4. Help tackle the “hate-to-do” list.
5. Promote total health.
6. Prioritize mental wellness.
7. Remember the older kids.
8. Simplify travel.
9. Don’t forget the “working” in working parents.
10. Stay inclusive.
Remember that caregiving responsibilities can encompass a wide range of family situations. Make sure programs and policies — as well as communications about them — support fathers, single parents, adoptive and foster parents, same-sex couples and grandparent-caregivers.
Being a parent is a rewarding and enriching experience — but it can also be exhausting and thankless, especially for those juggling work and family. Fortunately, it doesn’t take much to make the workplace a more supportive, less stressful place for working parents, who will likely return the favor with greater productivity, engagement and loyalty.