Work-life balance continues to be challenging for many employees, whether they work from home or in the office. This is especially true for working parents or caregivers. The recent pandemic’s impact has forced parents to change routines. They’ve had to find new ways of balancing home and work responsibilities while also adapting to new ways of caregiving. These challenges have led to frustration, stress, guilt, and even financial hardship for many.
As an employer, you must know that all this affects your organization. That’s why it’s imperative to assist your employees with family and childcare support needs. Here are three suggestions to get you started.
One of the most beneficial ways to assist struggling employees is to remain flexible. Consider creating work policies allowing for flexible schedules and assignments. You can even set core times for all employees to be working, such as five hours each day. After that, let them determine when they can best complete their work as they care for children and other family members.
Create an environment that is supportive to employees by adding many communication channels. One-on-one video-conferencing or instant messaging through a program or tool are a few good examples. Request feedback on experiences and ways employees can be better supported. Be empathic in your communications.
Assess Current Workplace Policies and Benefits
Take a close look at your current policies and determine if they support employees’ current family and childcare needs. With the pandemic, much has changed, and your policies need to change along with it.
Review benefit options specific to childcare, including consideration of stipends or subsidies. Survey your team members to assess whether your current employee assistance program (EAP) is meeting the needs of your workforce.
Awareness of your employees’ family and childcare issues is a good first step to protecting your workforce. However, you also need to adopt meaningful ways to support them going forward.
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