What do you do when your kid gets sick on a work day? Now there’s the ultimate juggling test. If you’re lucky, you have back-up care readily available — or at least an understanding manager/employer that will be fine with you taking a day or two off to care for your lil’ sickling.
But what if you simply have to work (for whatever reason) and have no Plan B at your disposal? No Grandma nearby to swoop in with her chicken soup or SAHM friend who’s happy to pitch in when you need it? That’s when the resources of a back-up care agency can really save the day.
Earlier this week, I met up with a local woman who co-owns a franchise of one such agency, Homewatch Caregivers. Lauri and I had a “networking” coffee at Panera after being introduced through a mutual friend.
Lauri explained what her company does, including a whole host of in-home care services, but here’s what intrigued me most: They work with companies who want to offer employees either paid or discounted back-up care for sick kids, pre- and post-natal mothers, special needs children and other services.
What an awesome benefit! Can you imagine what a huge relief it would be if you had a big meeting or looming deadline when your child was sick, and you could call this agency to get the Supernanny to show up ASAP? For free or at a reduced cost? Not to mention the goodwill you’d feel toward an employer who helped you out at home during mandatory pregnancy bedrest or after a difficult delivery.
I realize the economy stinks right now and many companies are struggling just to stay afloat. This kind of job perk may seem like a total pipe dream to a lot of us. But I also think it’s worthwhile for employers to consider adding benefits like Homewatch Caregivers provides to keep your employees working and happy, especially now. You need your best people (and their undivided attention) to be competitive in this economic environment, so why not help them out on the homefront and reap the profits, too?