Great companies have been offering help with childcare for decades to support working moms. Recently though, the Best Companies have come up with innovative ways to make sure parents know their kids are having fun while they get their work done.
When Kim Skinner, who was working from her home office in central Illinois, took a trip to her employer Monsanto’s St. Louis, MO, headquarters, she decided to bring her baby boy Duncan along. The company paid for her mom to join them so she could care for him while Kim attended meetings.
“These types of benefits go a long way in creating a culture where people want to sign up, grow and stay, and contribute to business and customer outcomes,” says Melissa Harper, vice president of global talent and inclusion and diversity.
Corporate childcare options don’t simply include on-site daycare anymore, since companies realize employees and their kids have a wide variety of preferences and needs when it comes to keeping kids occupied and happy during the workday.
Here are the percentages of the 100 Best Companies that offer each type of childcare program:
• Paying for a child’s caregivers to travel with parents on business trips: 9% • Subsidies at near-site childcare centers: 19% • Subsidies at on-site childcare centers: 27% • Travel childcare reimbursement: 33% • Before- and after-hours childcare: 43% • Before- and after-school childcare: 47% • Summer-program childcare: 57% • School-holiday childcare: 71% • Childcare referral services: 91% • Backup childcare: 92%