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  • Writer's pictureClaire Watt

Newsletter October 2023 - Are non-parents picking up the slack in your business?


Today we’re going to talk about a topic that's been buzzing around offices for years... finding equilibrium between employees with children and those without.

Recently, a study revealed that employees without children often feel like they're left holding the fort while their parent colleagues dash out for school pickups, doctor's appointments, or to watch their little cherubs run the egg and spoon race. And this creates an atmosphere that can make your non-parent employees feel undervalued or resentful. We all know the importance of making reasonable adjustments for employees who have children. It's only fair to understand their needs and flexibly accommodate them. But have you ever thought about how this impacts your childless employees? They might be feeling a tad neglected or even over-burdened. And guess what? It turns out this imbalance can lead to a drop in motivation and job satisfaction. Yikes!

So, how can we bridge this gap and create a work environment that supports everyone, kids or no kids? Here are a few tips to spread that love and understanding: 1 Flex the flex: Flexibility isn't just for parents. Extending flexible work hours, remote working possibilities, or compressed work weeks could be a godsend for all. 2 Communication is key: Encourage open and honest conversations between employees about their needs and challenges. Parents can let their colleagues without kids know what they can do to help when they have family commitments, and likewise, non-parents should share their needs and struggles too. 3 Share the load: Encourage teamwork and collaboration. Create a culture that values cooperation and collective effort. Avoid any tendencies for playing favourites and ensure that everyone has equal opportunities to grow, contribute, and shine in their roles.

Here's a little food for thought: an inclusive work environment that respects everyone’s personal situations, be it parenthood or not, will not only increase job satisfaction and motivation, but it will also fuel a harmonious and productive workplace.


Interested to know more? Let’s chat. Book a call with me at www.dittonhr.co.uk

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