Empowering a strong work/life balance for employees increases loyalty and job satisfaction while building a strong family-oriented culture.
Understand the value of various parental benefits from the organizational perspective
Benefits that empower employees to establish a strong work/life balance can provide significant organizational benefits.
New parents need more support than most, and integrating chlid care programs, maternity/paternity leave, and emergency leave is absolutely critical to building a strong and more focused workforce.
There are various ways to approach child care, but most smaller to medium sized organizations will outsource this to local professionals. Keep in mind, different childcare centers specialize in different age groups.
Providing benefits such as childcare, maternity/paternity leave, flexible working, and emergency leave is critical for helping employees keep a healthy work/life balance. The responsibilities of parenting require a great deal of time and energy, and supporting new parents as they find time for everything can significantly improve employee satisfaction, retaining key talent through good benefits and employee support.
How To Support Parents
The scope of a child care program is up to the business itself, as well as the decision to create this benefit in house or to outsource it. Most commonly, businesses will create agreements with childcare providers in the local area, covering or sharing the costs of childcare while the parents are at work. However, not all programs will fit all age groups. Larger organizations may want to consider partnerships for the following:
Through providing childcare benefits, employers can potentially realize the following benefits:
Reduced employee absenteeism
Increased focus at work
Decreased healthcare costs
Development of a strong, family-oriented culture
Increased employee loyalty
Reduced HR costs (recruiting/onboarding new employees)
Other Parental Support Programs
New parents need more than childcare to fully balance work and life demands. Providing ample time for maternal and paternal leave is critical to empowering employees to adjust to their new responsibilities. Parents need time to organize their new lives, and create a strong ecosystem for their family to thrive.
Along similar lines, emergency leave is also absolutely necessary in case something happens. Employees who are afraid of getting in trouble for having to leave work early will be less loyal, less focused and more anxious about the demands of their home and work lives. Trusting employees to get the job done when and how they can, and providing a flexible and family-oriented work culture, is an incredible advantage.