Supporting Employees’ Caregiving Responsibilities Post-Coronavirus

Supporting Employees’ Caregiving Responsibilities Post-Coronavirus

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, day cares and schools shut their doors. Months later, child care centers remain closed in many parts of the country, which means that parents are tasked with juggling caregiving and work responsibilities. 

During these uncertain times, employees are understandably experiencing significant stress, which can lead to lower productivity and morale, and increase risk for health conditions, absenteeism and higher health care costs. Employers can consider implementing initiatives designed to help employees manage their caregiving responsibilities.

Considerations for Employers

Employers can consider the following general employment practices:

  • Review workplace policies that limit employee flexibility.
  • Encourage employees to request flexible work arrangements.
  • If overtime is required, make it as family-friendly as possible, such as a voluntary program.
  • Evaluate job duties that employees are unable to perform because of pregnancy or other caregiving responsibilities.
  • Provide reasonable personal or sick leave, even if not required to do so by the Family and Medical Leave Act.
  • Post employee schedules as early as possible.

Be sure to carefully evaluate the pros and cons of each initiative—remember, not every initiative will be the right one for your organization.