Backup Care

Calling for Backup

Last-minute changes to childcare arrangements directly impact an employee’s ability to show up and be productive at work. These scheduling breakdowns are often overlooked by employers, but have a relatively simple fix. Offering backup care is a quick solution that decreases absenteeism in the short term.

The cost of offering valuable backup childcare services is proportional to the size of the need. The availability of quality providers depends on the location and situation, and can also be subject to union and labor environment complexities. Be sure to look for both local options as well as potential solutions offered on a national level.

Recruitment & Retention
Employee Performance
Organizational Growth
Brand Impact
Community Standing
Next Steps

What You Can Do

Assess the needs of your working parents

Understand last-minute scheduling changes related to childcare and their impact on your business. Learn who your working families are and talk directly to them to get their input. Identify the data you need to gather and how to assess it.

Talk to your operations team and line managers

Understand the frequency of missed shifts and the resources spent addressing those losses. Learn about your current solutions and how they impact quality, efficiency, and safety.

Find your partners and understand your options

Determine the capacity of local providers to assist with backup care or commit to larger multi-state providers who can offer this option. Understand the fit for your organization, in terms of home-based vs. center-based programs, quality, capacity, cost, viability, and sustainability. For example, your backup care partner may be unable to cover your high-need shifts.

Decide and implement

When you’ve identified your level of financial commitment to offset the cost of backup care.

analytics-graph-barTrack the impact

Once you’ve implemented it, gather data on utilization and create ways to get feedback from working parents regularly. Examine seasonality differences in utilization and alignment to important months for your business.