We knew 2021 would still be challenging after all of the turmoil of 2020. Once kids went back to school in the fall, parents were still juggling the responsibilities between work and home. Over the last two years, we’ve completely shifted our focus on the family and how that affects the workplace. So how can you support the parents working for your company? Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Provide Paid Parental Leave

Paid parental leave isn’t federally mandated, but individual companies have the power to create policies. As long your policy conforms with FLMA, establishing a paid parental leave program that offers new parents the option to take time off with pay. Paid parental leave has been proven to encourage mothers to return to the workplace and allow fathers time off to spend with their growing family.

Develop a Family-First Culture

Once parents return to work, you should also provide a culture that values families. For example, some companies offer summer vacation for families to spend time with their children when they’re out of school. Another great example is a family Slack channel to allow parents to share ideas around a virtual water cooler.

Allow for Flexible Schedules

Additional time off is sometimes necessary when children have obligations or emergencies. Offering flexible schedules can help. Some companies let people come in late or leave early to handle school drop off or pick up. Flexible schedules can improve performance and motivation on the job. Flextime can also help with unexpected issues that arise.  

Encourage Team Buy-In

A family-friendly workplace is only possible if all of your employees buy into it. Create an environment where family leave isn’t just for parents for employees who may need to care for other family members due to age or illness. When everyone feels supported in the workplace, they are more likely to help out when necessary.

Hire More Help

A lot of employees feel like they can’t take time off. They are afraid employers will retaliate if they miss work. As the employer, you can control this narrative. One way to help when your team needs an extra pair of hands is to hire short-term help. Partnering with a staffing agency to hire temporary employees can support your working parents.

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