It’s back-to-school season and parents are gearing up for the first full year of in person learning. After last year’s virtual schooling, kids are eager to get back in the classroom and be reunited with their friends. For working parents, this might mean less distraction while working from home. However, they could be stressed about other things associated with a new school season such as before and after school care. For employers, it is important to recognize the shift in behavior during this time and honor working parents. In today’s blog post, we go over some tips and tricks for how employers can help parents during back-to-school season.
Employers know by now that flexibility is crucial to all employees, not just working parents. If possible, employers should continue to offer flexible hours to accommodate employees. This way everyone’s treated equally. Employers should also encourage employees to inform them when they need to take a longer lunch or leave in the middle of the day to take a family member to a doctor’s appointment, practice, tutoring, etc.
Working parents might feel a little stressed throughout the school season, especially in the beginning. There is a lot of unknown. Will their kid like their teacher and/or classmates? What if their kid needs extra support? The list goes on. Employers should practice giving grace by checking in with them on a personal level. This can be done during one on ones or during a mental health check.
Communication is key
Employers should use all forms of communication such as email, call, text, and chat to accommodate employees. For flexible employees, they may not be glued to their desk but can answer calls and emails via their phone. Another good idea is for employers to create a working parents communication channel via Slack, Microsoft Teams or GroupMe. This way working parents can collectively go through the school season together.
Working parents are an important part of businesses. Employers should acknowledge this time and practice having grace. Not only with working parents but with all employees. If we can help with any of your staffing needs, please reach out to us at (770) 937-0410.