Summary: A crucial workplace issue is child care. Parents are concerned about who will take care of their children; employers recognize that this issue affects their bottom line. Studies show that child care issues can lead to
Increased tardiness and absenteeism
Higher turnover rates
Higher recruiting and training costs
Here are a few issues and concerns you may want to discuss with your employer:
Using personal sick time to care for ill children
Establishing an in-house day care center
Employer-assisted child care as a benefit
Flexible work arrival and departure times to meet family's schedule
Here are a few suggestions employees can explore with their employers:
Flexible work arrangements
Parental leave policies
Paid time off to care for mildly ill children
Programs and policies to reduce the stresses of balancing work and family commitments
Something to Think About...
Employees who believe that their employer supports their personal needs tend to be
More successful in balancing work and family life
More loyal to the company
More committed to their employers
More satisfied with their jobs
More likely to want to remain with their employers
"The central struggle of parenthood is to let our hopes for our children outweigh our fears." -Ellen Goodman
Safe Home Connections, a division of KidsTerrain, Inc. assists individuals with the option to age in place, that is, to live in one's home while having access to services and support as needs change.
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