While summer camps and schools are opening again, it hasn’t been easy for working parents. According to Vivvi, a New York City-based child care provider, this is according to a recent survey.
This survey revealed that many parents still struggle despite the increased emphasis on flexible work in the aftermath of the pandemic. The survey was conducted by Wakefield Research market research firm and surveyed 500 employees of companies employing over 500 people who had children under 5 years old.
Nearly 40% of parents who responded said that they had worked more hours because of flexible work arrangements. However, 80 percent of respondents claimed that they have received flexible working arrangements over the past six months. This can have serious consequences for employee well-being, engagement, and turnover. Nearly 60% of respondents reported feeling burnout and 38% said they considered changing jobs or leaving the workforce because of pandemic-related child care challenges. Businesses that have difficulty finding qualified workers when they reopen could be in trouble.
This doesn’t mean that parents don’t want more flexibility. According to the survey, 94 percent of respondents said they would be able to use it. However, it is not enough as a standalone policy. According to the survey, caregivers are often uncomfortable raising child care issues with their employers. Sixty-six per cent of respondents stated that they were concerned about being labeled as a “problem worker” if they spoke out too often about their struggles.
A stronger benefit package could be the solution: 82% of respondents stated that being at home with their children more in the last year made employer-provided child care benefits more important. 23 percent of respondents said that their employer does not offer child-care benefits. Even companies that offer child-care benefits do not always consult their employees. A quarter of respondents stated that they, or another working parent, were not involved in the design of their company’s benefits.
Published on Tue, 20 July 2021 20:58.49 +0000