Employee Retention: What Matters to Working Parents
As the Great Resignation continues, it’s becoming increasingly clear that many parents are leaving their jobs due to the high stress of parenting, which has been amplified by the pandemic. According to the CDC, one out of five children had a mental health disorder even before the pandemic, and this number has only been exacerbated over the past two years. With 40% of the workforce being parents, organizations are not keeping up with the need for vital preventative wellness resources, which is pushing parents to look for other companies with better benefits and more flexibility or leave the workforce altogether.
Why Employers Should Provide Preventative Wellness Resources
Employers need to understand the mental health crisis our youth are facing and take proactive steps to support their employees who are also parents. Providing preventative wellness resources, such as 24/7 on-demand access to platforms like Clymb, can help teach emotional wellness to both parents and children, and help parents stay informed on their child’s wellness through a mood check-in.
The Importance of Employee Resource Groups for Working Parents
While providing preventative wellness resources is essential, it is not the only factor that can contribute to the well-being of working parents. Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) can also play a vital role in supporting employees who are also parents. These groups can offer a safe and supportive space for parents to connect, share experiences, and provide mutual support. ERGs can also help organizations gather valuable insights into the challenges that working parents face and tailor their benefits and policies to better meet their needs. By creating an inclusive and supportive workplace environment through ERGs, companies can help working parents feel valued and supported.
Evaluating Company Culture to Improve Employee Retention
Beyond offering preventative wellness resources and ERGs, companies should also examine their company culture to improve employee retention. A company culture that values work-life balance, flexibility, and family time can go a long way in attracting and retaining working parents. By offering flexible schedules, remote work options, and generous leave policies, organizations can demonstrate their commitment to supporting their employees’ well-being and family life. Additionally, creating a culture of open communication, empathy, and respect can foster a supportive and positive work environment, which can boost employee satisfaction and retention.
With the right support, working parents can thrive both at work and at home. As employers, it’s time to step up and prioritize the needs of working parents to ensure that they can stay healthy, productive, and engaged. By doing so, we can not only support the well-being of our employees but also create a stronger, more resilient workforce for the future.
To learn more about how Clymb can help support the wellness of your employees who are also parents, contact us today. Let’s work together to create a more supportive and resilient workplace for all.