How Employers Can Help Working Parents

By Robert Half on October 13, 2020 at 4:30pm



Working parents want support:

79% want to work remotely more often even after stay-at-home orders lift.
78% who can do windowed work say it boosts productivity.
41% plan to prioritize their personal lives over work.
64% have better work-life balance sans commute.

Tips for Managers

Empathize with challenges working parents — and all employees — face.
Offer remote and flexible scheduling options, including windowed work.
Spread workloads; bring in additional interim and full-time staff when needed.

Work Relationships

Working parents are:

3X more likely to feel closer to their coworkers and boss since the pandemic started (compared to nonparents).
2x more likely to feel increased competition.

Tips for Managers

Communicate with staff more than usual.
Provide opportunities to connect with colleagues, including other working parents.
Celebrate team wins, big and small.

Job Security

Working parents may be looking for their next move:

36% plan to look for a new job in the coming months.
23% worry about losing their job.

Tips for Managers

Recognize and reward good work.
Highlight how employees are helping the business and its customers.
Show what career-path options are available to staff members with your firm.

Source: Robert Half surveys of workers in the U.S. who have children under 18 in their household; surveys were conducted April-August 2020

© 2020 Robert Half. An Equal Opportunity Employer. M/F/Disability/Veterans.

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