From Inc. This Morning, --Cameron Albert-Deitch, Reporter, Inc.
The term “working parent” has a completely different meaning now than it did even four months ago.
Parent. Teacher. Daycare provider. Extra-curricular activity instructor. Twenty-four-seven emotional manager for angsty teens. For many, that’s all on top of a full-time job. Even setting aside the logistical challenges, the emotional toll is immense: It’s a Herculean task that’s near-impossible for those without children to comprehend.
Your job as a leader is to understand the challenges facing your employees and clear paths for them to excel at their jobs. And while a number of large corporations have recently flexed their financial muscles with new, expensive perks for workers with kids--Amazon now subsidizes emergency child and adult care, Goldman Sachs offers employees 10 days of family leave--you can still support your staff on a limited pandemic budget.
How? By getting creative. "Company leaders have to listen, have empathy, have patience, and be creative about developing practical solutions to help working parents through this time," Brian Christman, father of three teenagers and chief people officer of New York City-based freight and transportation company Transfix, tells Inc. "Make sure you keep communication lines open."
Read our story to learn three great low-cost (or no-cost) ways to support your employees with kids--because those staffers need your help, perhaps now more than ever.