I read this article the other day on what opinion working parents have on their employers. While focused on American employers and working parents, this is a very bleak view for working parents. Here are some of the key takeaways:
- Working parents aren’t speaking up in the workplace, and they’re leaving their managers in the dark
- 62% of working parents feel their employer simply doesn’t care about them
- 56% of working parents aren’t happy at their current job
- 98% of working parents say they’ve experienced burnout
- Nearly two-thirds (62%) of working parents feel their employer simply doesn’t care about them
- 64% don’t feel their employer is attentive to the needs of working parents
- 48% of working parents are stressed about managing their health today, an increase from 41% in 2014
- 77 % of working parents say burnout has caused them to become depressed, anxious, or get sick more often
- 79% of working parents and 77% of managers agree; a change needs to be made at the office, not at home, to curb burnout.
It’s not a great report card for employers, but as an employer if this data doesn’t sit well with you and you want to make a change and lead from the front on the family friendly employment front, we’ll support you in any way we can. Here are 5 simple tips from Transformed Teams, a high performing workplace expert, that any employer can consider to not just support parents, but any employee on their team:
Some family friendly employment initiatives won’t be easy to implement and others may not appear cost effective from the outset, but others should be simple to implement and cost virtually nothing and be an absolute no-brainer based on the data above. If it appears a bit harder to implement, especially if you don’t have the in-house resources to consider it properly, connect with someone like Transformed Teams; becoming a family friendly employer can transform your business, your employee’s lives and most importantly, your bottom line.
NB: Read the full article here.