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:
- 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
- Popular support provided
to working parents of school-aged children
- Disproportionate impact
on female employees
Key Take-aways from session:
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- 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