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Supporting Parents and Caregivers

This Employee Well-being Exchange meeting focused on supporting parents and caregivers throughout the pandemic, facing school homeschool challenges, child care needs, and added stress while working from home. Our discussion covered the following questions and topics:

Guiding Questions:

  • How do we support open and empathetic conversations that allow space for everybody’s unique circumstance?
  • How do we support parents and caregivers as schools reopen?

Member Spotlight: Donielle Buie, Associate Director, BroadLife, Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT on childcare services

Research Highlights:

  • Popular support provided to working parents of school-aged children
  • Disproportionate impact on female employees 

Key Take-aways from session:

  • Consider the unique needs of a variety of impacted employee populations during the pandemic, including working parents (mothers, single parents, parents with special needs children), caregivers, socially isolated employees, people with mental and physical health challenges, Black and brown people, essential workers, managers, military families and expats  
  • Leverage parent ERGs to allow parents to share advice over informal and candid discussions, self-organize into support groups, learning/care pods
  • Offer rotating discussions/learnings on targeted topics with psychologists and other care professionals, including advancing your career while at home, handling relationships at home, taking time off
  • Offer financial support in the way of stipends for home office arrangements, stipends and discounts on day care and homeschool programs
  • Allow flexible and personalized work arrangements (i.e. 9/80s schedule), while also creating structure that encourage focus and time off (i.e. mandated “recharge days,” shortened meeting times, meeting-free days)
  • Consider ways to connect children of various age groups (connect HS and college kids with others as tutors)

This meeting is exclusively for members of the Employee Well-Being Exchange. If you'd like to participate, please contact us to see if you qualify. If you are an i4cp member, please log in to access the registration/meeting details.
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