How companies can accommodate working parents, careers

Dive Brief:

  • Job performance and retention can suffer due to lack of benefits like backup child care, a new survey from Workplace Solutions has found.
  • The "Better Benefits" survey from offers a detailed look at how employee benefits like child care, housekeeping and senior care planning can have a direct impact on organizational performance by driving employee productivity.  
  • The research found 90% of employees have left work and 30% cut back by 6 or more hours per week due to family responsibilities; 41% of working parents say the lack of family assistance-related benefits has hurt their work performance; and ​62% of employees would leave a job for better benefits.

Dive Insight:

Only 30% of respondents said they're "very satisfied" with their work-life benefits, and about 1 in 10 employees aren't satisfied at all. Women and parents are the least likely employees to be satisfied with their work-life benefits; in fact, they're about twice as likely to be dissatisfied with their benefits as men and employees without children. 

"Our research shows a direct correlation between family care benefits and workplace productivity, as well as employee recruitment and retention," says Donna Levin, co-founder and vice president of Workplace Solutions. "By recognizing the juggling act of parenting and work, and providing benefits like backup child care, employers have a huge opportunity to not only reduce employee absenteeism, but ultimately, increase workplace productivity, too."

In the survey, employees identified backup child care, discounted/reimbursed child care, help hiring a housekeeper, help finding reliable child care and long-term or tailored senior care planning as the top five family assistance benefits that would most improve their ability to do their job. 


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