Children are natural creators -- they’re born ready to make things, sometimes out of unconventional parts. A makerspace is designed to tap into this natural curiosity and allow kids to try new things with no predetermined outcome.
Our classroom makerspace is stocked with a variety of items such as marshmallows, toothpicks, and tongs. It challenges kids to stretch their thinking and be open to new perspectives. It’s amazing what our students will do when I hand them a cup filled with a random set of objects and ask them to build a habitat for the dinosaurs we were talking about earlier in the day! We routinely rotate the objects in the space to keep fueling the kids’ imaginations with fresh things to investigate.
An HR Guide to What's Next for Employee Benefits from Care.com
Those most worried about attrition – and specifically about the loss of female talent – see expanded child care benefits as the key to combating it.
Care.com, a platform for finding and managing family care, has released the results of its 2021 Future of Benefits Report, revealing how COVID-19 has influenced how employers plan to change, and potentially expand, the benefits they offer to employees this year and in the future. Download the complete Care.com report.
The report gathered responses from C-suite executives and HR leaders across the country and examines how employers are prioritizing benefits like family care (for both children and seniors living at home) ahead of others, such as commuter benefits and office meals, because of the pandemic’s impact on how employees work as well as their well-being, performance, and attrition.
The "Turnover Tsunami"
Businesses nationwide are hiring at a record pace. Employees are reevaluating their priorities, and looking for new positions that fit a post-pandemic lifestyle. Many report an altered value system shaped by a year of reflection. In fact, experts warn that a “tsunami of turnover” is coming at a time when competition for talent is fierce and many companies are still recovering from the financial impacts of the pandemic.
The pandemic magnified the critical infrastructure role that childcare plays in supporting parents, businesses, and the economy. At the start of 2021, ten million mothers of school-age children remained out of the workforce according to a report from the U.S. Census Bureau, an increase of 1.4 million over 2020. Many cited the need to provide care for their children as the reason for being unemployed.
How Child Care Benefits Can Increase Retention and Recruitment
By Tom Keller - Managing Partner, Kiddie Academy in St. Louis
Along with healthcare, dental coverage and paid time off, child care assistance is a high-value benefit in employee compensation packages. It’s a more recent innovation in HR benefits, previously either not considered or overlooked as an essential tool to find and keep the best talent. That's no longer the case.
Child care benefits help leaders create a better employee experience. There is a strong business case to be made for finding methods that support employees as parents–it demonstrates a commitment to bettering their lives outside of work. Programs like these pay dividends in the form of increased productivity, improved retention, and overall happiness.
Your company has a quantifiable stake in child care programs. Nationally, 62% of working parents struggle to find quality and affordable care for their children and two million of them quit their jobs because of it every year. Forty-five percent of them report missing work due to childcare issues. This results in missed work days, income, and productivity.
While the health and safety issues related to COVID-19 are unique, the need for reliable, high quality childcare for the 14 million parents with young children is nothing new. However, the pandemic health crisis increased national awareness of how critical childcare is to every business and ultimately, the U.S. economy overall.