Why Employers have Back-to-School Blues, Too
The September two-stepThe first back-to-school month is more of a zig-zag than a forward march. Experienced parents are grappling with incessant days off that keep them from finding their footing. And parents of kindergartners are adjusting to life without the workday-friendly rhythms of child care.
College panicSenior year is the moment families have been working toward for their child's whole life ; and they only get one shot at it. Is it any wonder some parents of high school seniors are spending more than ten hours of weekly work time on their child's college search?
Absent eldercareBack-to-school is more than just school children; it also includes college students who might have been checking in on mom and dad all summer. The shift leaves a giant hole where care arrangements used to be.
Fiscal cliffsGot debt? Newly minted grads do now; as loan grace periods expire, leaving them budgeting or panicking about how to pay their share of the $1.4 trillion in college debt.
Snarled trafficSay goodbye to the smooth sailing of summer, and hello to the return of gridlock, and red-faced commuters swearing their way through hours of driving at rush hour -- or bleary eyed 4 am wake-up calls to avoid it.
Back-to-School - Back to WorkWhat does the above say? Only that post-summer challenges transcend back-to-school. It's also a reminder that "family" means more than young children, and so family benefits shouldn't end when preschool does. A strategic program will do more than solve the September shuffle; it will share the support of benefits throughout your entire workforce. And that will protect your bottom line no matter what season you're in.
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