Child care at work in its infancy (Editorial)

By John Hobel
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 09/04/2003

Is it too late to a make a prediction for the new millennium? Sometime in the next 1,000 years companies are going to see the value in on-site day-care facilities for employees.

In any organization you’ll find a significant number of parents with child-care needs — even dotcommers have kids. While time is a sought-after commodity for most employees balancing heavy workloads with personal lives, for parents the issue is acute.

One solution has been flexible hours combined with opportunities to work at home. This has created a blending of work and personal life — the morning at work, the afternoon at home, working in the evening and on weekends and the freedom to be absent during the hours of 9 to 5 when required. But despite this new freedom, time is still in short supply. Household chores are done at midnight after the kids are in bed. Work can occur anytime in any place. For some people it’s becoming necessary to wake up half an hour before they go to bed just to fit it all in.