It’s almost President’s Day, which means no school, so no child care…and even if it isn’t a holiday within your organization, for many people, it still means no work. In this — and many other — dependent-care situations, back-up care can act as a safety net for your employees and their families.
In honor of Valentine’s Day, we asked what wins employees’ hearts. The answer? Say it with values statements.
Since the 1980s the percentage of computer science degrees earned by women has fallen by more than half, to 18 from 38 percent. “Every company needs technology,“ Melinda Gates told BackChannel, “and yet we’re graduating fewer women technologists. That is not good for society. We have to change it.”
While the rest of the world was still trying to shake off the late night or Googling “GOAT,” one employee was calling back-up care to dispatch a child care provider to his house to take care of his children.
Back in 2012, Millennial men in a Wharton school study expressed skepticism about becoming future fathers, saying they believed the demands of modern jobs made it unlikely that family lives could fit with work. Five years later it seems they are indeed having children, they’re just adjusting the ground rules to make work fit their lives.
Working fathers, it turns out, are employers’ newest employee retention problem. Though conflicts between jobs and parenting have long been considered a woman’s issue, young dads on both sides of the Atlantic are beginning to express similar frustrations. And the result is a generation of men talking with their feet.
Parental leave announcements have become like a competitive sport; every day, a shiny, new one comes along with a new-and-improved spin to one-up others in the field. The announcements have gotten a lot of press. Trouble is, there’s question about what these offerings really mean.
Gender bias is creeping into employee reviews. A new study shows it affects both working mothers and fathers — albeit in different ways.
Millennials are the future of your organization. Knowing what matters most in their world will give them a reason to stick around and will keep you a step ahead of your competition.
Bright Horizons CEO Dave Lissy was recently asked by a reporter on NECN television whether he thought working parents’ worries reported in our Modern Family Index – fears they’d be viewed negatively at work after a child – were well founded. One answer can be found in a personal narrative offered by one of our Solutions at Work blog readers.