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How to Become Boss of the Year

Want to become Boss of the Year?

Offer to help your employees with their childcare responsibilities. How you do this – on-site day care, flexible hours, childcare benefits – is less important than letting them know you understand their needs and want to be part of the solution.

“Employer-sponsored child care is an increasingly in-demand benefit for the modern workforce,” says business writer Dan Casarella. “According to a Parent Confidence report, 68 percent of working parents believe employers should offset the cost of child care for their employees, and 81 percent find child care benefits important to their job consideration process.”

Sixty-nine percent of parents say they want work flexibility in order to be more available to their children, according to the Parent Confidence report. That’s up 10 percent in two years, and it’s easy to understand why. Parents’ stress levels are through the roof as they struggle to balance work, social obligations and parenting in a pandemic.

The payoff for giving them a helping hand at work: greater loyalty to the firm, higher productivity and increased retention. Plus, there’s a chance your team will burst into your office, hoist you in their arms and march around singing your praises.

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Helping Your Team with Childcare

Here are some highlights from the article, “How to Help Your Employees With Childcare,” by Dan Casarella for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce:

  • Ask what your workers need. “Not every employee has the same child care needs,” writes Casarella. “Some want daycare for their toddlers while others will want schedule flexibility to accommodate their teenagers’ extracurricular schedules.”
  • Do what you can. Start with small steps, and if those are successful, you can keep going.
  • Try it and see. “If you’re concerned about the return on investment of child care benefits, you can implement new programs on a temporary basis to see how useful they are.”

Source: How to Help Employees With Child Care (


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