Working-class parents make a tough choice between work and family life. At work, they are expected to reach the bottom-line. Work can make them work long hours eating into family time. On the other hand, their children back at home want to play and talk with their parents. In most cases, there isn’t enough time for this, and children react differently. Some become closed off to sharing their feelings and troubles, others do just fine, and others start negative behavior to seek their parents’ attention.
As a leader, I am tasked with a substantial obligation of ensuring that our goals are met. At the same time, I am a parent, and so I understand our employees’ position. This understanding helps me to come up with solutions that can assist other parents in nurturing their children while they work.
One of these solutions is to bring your child to the workday. Most companies set aside a day where the children are allowed in the company of their parents at work. They get to spend time with them as they learn more about what their fathers and mothers do. They also get to pick up some skills needed at the workplace. However, this day isn’t limited to a single day. In the case where parents find themselves working after hours, there needs to be a solution.
Since they can’t be able to pick their kids from school or spend time with them, businesses and companies can set aside a place where working parents can leave their children as they finalize their day’s work during the after hours. To keep the children occupied, have some toys with which to play.
Also, companies can allow parents to skip work in case their children are sick. In fact, with advanced technologies, this is a win-win type of situation. Parents can work from home as they attend to their children. They can video conference in meetings making sure that nothing at the workplace is interrupted.
Alternatively, businesses and companies can try as much as possible not to extend the working hours, which can cause an imbalance in the work-home scale. However, since this isn’t very practical, other solutions are deployed.
Creating a child-friendly environment means a lot to parents. They get an opportunity to nurture their children as they deliver their services. In such an environment, nobody is left out. The children are happy to see and spend time with their parents. At work, working parents become more motivated and productive. It doesn’t have to be an either-or type of deal. Try to provide child-friendly workspaces for everyone’s happiness.