Get back to work with sick-child sitter service
WHEN her child was unwell and needing a day at home to rest, Jessie Eva had a dilemma all working parents face at some point – to turn up for work or call in sick. While there is no dispute that any working parent would stay at home with a very unwell child, what if it was something minor that just meant the child needed to rest and be cared for by a suitably qualified adult? Jessie, fortunately, had understanding bosses who believe that family comes first, but it got her thinking about how this need could be met.
Together with colleague John Cranley, the pair set about creating Sick Sit – a service that provides suitably qualified and vetted sitters (many of who have teaching and nursing backgrounds) to look after your unwell child so you can go to work.
This program has been so successful that corporations are now funding some of the cost of using the service, as they have realised that it is more cost effective to subsidise child minding than it is to have staff with young children take up to 10 extra parental leave days a year to care for an unwell child.
A large corporation based in Brisbane recently trialled the service and it was so well received they are now looking to roll it out to other states.
The company had looked at what it was costing them in terms of staff absenteeism and lost productivity when a parent had to take leave to care for an ill child.
The introduction of this service reduced stress on the parent and time away from the office – which had a positive effect on the bottom line.
Sick Sit isn’t stopping there. They now provide babysitting services for busy parents, and can attend family court hearings where children are cared for while mediation or hearings are being held.
Proving that a good idea, coupled with strong demand and great execution can work, this locally based business is going from strength to strength.
Expect to hear more about this dynamic duo as we roll into 2019.
To book the service call 1300 SICK SIT.
‘‘ EXPECT TO HEAR MORE ABOUT THIS DYNAMIC DUO AS WE ROLL INTO 2019.