By Margaret Hansen, JobsInDE.com
Summer doesn't always mean rest and relaxation for all. For working parents, the struggle to manage schedules, secure quality childcare and stay focused and productive at work becomes increasingly difficult in summer.
Many companies know this and are taking steps toward a more supportive workplace to attract and retain experienced workers. Here are five employers who are leading the trend with unusually refreshing perks for parents:
- A "bring your infant to work" policy since 1995 - saving parents the financial cost of daycare and the worry of wondering how their baby is doing. Moms and dads can bring their baby to work until age one. To participate, parent employees must sign a legal form that states that they are primarily responsible for their child.
- Bank of America employees who adopt are reimbursed up to $8,000 per child
- All new parents may take 26 job guaranteed weeks off after the birth or adoption of a child, with full pay for 12 weeks
- With a manager's approval, moms can spend two paid hours per week volunteering at their kids' schools
- Under the Select Time program, employees who need more flexibility may temporarily switch to a part time schedule and ramp back up when work demands
- About 16,000 associates have signed up for the "My Work" program, which allows employees to work from home or a satellite office
- Management recently increased paid paternity leave from one week to two, adding a third week for men with babies in neonatal intensive care
- Anyone who adopts or welcomes a new foster child may take one fully paid week off and can tap a $5,000 benefit to help cover associated expenses
- Up to 10 days per year of temporary in-home backup care services via a partnership with Parents in a Pinch, Inc. for unexpected dependent care needs while at work
- A large variety of flexible work options including flextime, flexplace, compressed work schedules, part-time work and job sharing
- Health insurance no matter how many hours they work
- Five paid days off per year to spend at a child's school or participate in a school-related activity
- Fridays off in July and August (working a compressed week)
- In-home and center-based backup care for $2 to $4 per hour
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Margaret Hansen has been writing professionally since receiving a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Maine. She has worked for multiple organizations as a weekly newspaper reporter, a weekly newspaper editor, and in a variety of internal/external marketing communications roles. Her freelance career has focused on writing and editing for print, email and web publications in the employment industry, as well as manuscript editing and resume writing. Margaret has been affiliated with JobsInDE.com since 2003, most recently as the content manager/writer/editor for the company's award-winning employment-related newsletters. To suggest articles, or if you are interested in writing for JobsInDE.com, please email her at mhansen (at) JobsInDE.com.
Margaret Hansen has been writing professionally since receiving a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Maine. She has worked for multiple organizations as a weekly newspaper reporter, a weekly newspaper editor, and in a variety of internal/external marketing communications roles. Her freelance career has focused on writing and editing for print, email and web publications in the employment industry, as well as manuscript editing and resume writing.