Creating a Best Workplace for Parents During a Pandemic Requires Intentionality
It’s no secret that the pandemic’s effects — from office closures to the cancellation of events — have upended the lives of everyone. It’s a lot for anyone to navigate, but the impact can be compounded for caregivers, parents, and guardians who are also caring for loved ones. According to a recent workplace study by Catalyst and CNBC, four in 10 (41%) parents say they fear being penalized because they have childcare responsibilities.
We’ve always prioritized employee wellbeing but doubling down on these efforts has become more important than ever. Over the past several months, we have been working diligently to support our employees as they navigate this difficult time — including working parents.
In order to stay close to our workforce and understand their changing needs, we introduced new wellbeing surveys, which have helped us make data-driven decisions to better support our employees in this new environment. The data has shown us that working parents in particular have struggled to juggle the responsibilities of work, home and family.
During this time, Salesforce has extended our existing benefits and created new programs to help address today’s challenges.