The majority of working parents say childcare struggles have hindered their work and forced them to take on fewer responsibilities, according to a survey of 500 U.S. working professional parents from Vivvi, a childcare and education provider. The survey also finds that 40% of working parents are looking for a new job or leaving the workforce altogether.
What it means for HR leaders
The data is the latest to indicate working parents continue to struggle with balancing their work and home lives during the pandemic.
Much of the research finds that many employers haven’t gone far enough in their efforts to help their employees who are parents and that company and HR leaders need to step up efforts in order to retain them.
“More than a year since the start of the pandemic, working parents are still struggling with childcare and wondering why their employers haven’t heard them,” says Charles Bonello, co-founder and CEO of Vivvi.
Many organizations attempted to help working parents during the early stage of the pandemic, most of them turning to flexible work policies to help, the Vivvi research finds: 80% of U.S. working parents were offered flexible work policies in the past six months, but nearly 40% of parents reported that increased flexibility meant working more hours.
“As the country reopens and conversations about returning to the office heat up, it’s important employers don’t overlook the need to support working parents. The stakes could not be higher,” he says. “If more companies do not provide their caregiving employees with the flexible support that they need, we’ll see even more parents forced to leave their current jobs, or the workforce altogether.”