Childcare In The Workplace – Good or Bad?

When talking about work-life programs that companies offer, childcare came up in my search of programs. Interestingly enough, some companies offer childcare on-site, or work with a community program to offer childcare services for their employees that are close to the workplace. This is according to On-Site Child Care: A Solution to Work and Life Issues for Employees. What a terrific idea, in my opinion, for new mothers and
fathers who want to go back to work, but have a newborn or toddler at home. However, there are pros and cons to this situation.

First the pros:

  • Mothers can be close to their newborns for  feeding time.
  • Mothers and Fathers have the security of knowing  that their child is nearby in case of an emergency.
  • The parent is nearby so he or she can drop in to  see that the child is being cared for appropriately.

Then the cons:

  • If the child becomes ‘fussy’, instead of the  childcare provider taking care of the child, they may be more apt to call on the mother to come calm the child down; hence, the parent may be disturbed more often than if the child were in another facility a little farther from the office.
  • Everything may seem to be an emergency to a  toddler, so they may ask for their parent more often.
  • If the parent lives far from the office, once  the child begins school the whole routine will change and the parent may not feel so comfortable with the child being so far away because that security is gone.
  • The parent may feel an increase in stress if he  or she is consistently summoned to coddle their child.

I am sure there are plenty more pros and cons, but these are the ones I came up with off the top of my head. I think that this would be a great idea for some companies, but not all. It would really depend on the culture of the company.

Do you have more pros or cons that jump out at you that aren’t listed here?

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