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Child care concerns account for workplace absences, lost productivity and employee turnover. However, companies that have on-site child care available either full time or on a drop-in basis find it beneficial to employees and the company's bottom line. Employees report decreased parental anxiety, feeling happier at work and feeling less stressed about balancing work and family.
Researchers have found that 90 percent of parents using full-service, on-site day care centers report increased concentration and productivity on the job. On-site child care reduces stress and eliminates worry because parents no longer have to find reliable, acceptable and proximity-close care. Because of this, an employee's attention is on work and not elsewhere.
Helps Retain and Attract Employees
Parents know that affordable, dependable and good child care can be hard to find. Because of this, parents are grateful for the child-care option and view it as a significant and necessary employee benefit. According to Bright Horizons' 2007 study, 23 percent of parents turned down a job-change offer or refrained from pursuing employment options due to the benefit of on-site care.
Creates Good Morale
Good benefits translate to happy, appreciated employees. After giving birth or adopting a child, women often contemplate staying at home versus working. Almost 90 percent of parents stated that one of the determining factors in returning to work was the support of an on-site day care center. When employees feel valued and supported, satisfaction, work engagement and motivation rises.
Offers Emotional Security
When children are nearby, parents and children feel less separation anxiety. Parents can check in during a lunch break or when the workload allows, for example, for reasons such as nursing or finding out how a child with a cold is faring. In addition, there's comfort in knowing a child is cared for by someone who is associated with the company a parent works at.
Based in Los Angeles, Lisa Finn has been writing professionally for 20 years. Her print and online articles appear in magazines and websites such as "Spa Magazine," "L.A. Parent," "Business," the Famous Footwear blog and many others. She also ghostwrites for mompreneurs and business owners who appear regularly on shows such as Ricki Lake, HGTV, Carson Daly and The Today Show.
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