That's a trick question. As the world’s largest destination for finding and managing family care, we know the answer to "When do employees need care benefits?" is "Always." Care needs are a constant for the majority of today’s workforce.
Sick kids. A parent’s unexpected diagnosis. Unplanned vet visits because Fred, the pug, won’t stop swallowing stuff. Emergency care needs arise all the time – and they don’t wait for deadlines.
But there is another side to family-care. There are predictable needs, many of which have a seasonal cadence to them. Some of it is to be expected, like the craziness of back-to-school, or the scramble to find care for pets and aging parents during summer vacation. But some of it is surprising – did you know there’s an increase in parents looking for full-time child care during the months of February and March?
Family-care needs, both planned and unplanned, have an undeniable impact on businesses. Absenteeism and lost productivity related to child care breakdowns cost U.S. businesses an estimated $4.4 billion in 2014 alone. But knowing what to expect can help strategic HR pros devise the best family care benefits program to support today’s multigenerational workforce.
We know families. We know how to deliver care. Here’s what our data shows.