Study: Companies see childcare as a success factor

Father, mother, child, about dts
Father, mother, child, about dts
Working parents will obviously be able to rely more on the family-conscious behavior of their employers in the future.

This is suggested by a current study by the consulting firm Prognos on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, on which the "Handelsblatt" reports. Accordingly, through the corona crisis, companies have strongly internalized the economic importance of the compatibility of family and work.

82 percent of companies now say that childcare is a key factor in their company's productivity. 68 percent of the companies were approached by their employees about childcare and developed solutions with them. The reason for the survey is the company day “Success Factor Family 2020”, which takes place on Friday. "The study shows: a good work-life balance is systemically relevant for the success of the German economy," said Federal Family Minister Franziska Giffey (SPD) of the newspaper. The signal is clear: “A family-conscious company policy is worthwhile.” Family-friendliness has long ceased to be a “nice-to-have”, but a real locational advantage when it comes to attracting and retaining skilled workers. According to calculations by the Nuremberg Institute for Employment Research (IAB) for the "Handelsblatt", the absence of childcare in the corona crisis resulted in lost work of an average of one day per employee in the first half of 2020. "Together that would be more than 40 million missing working days," says Enzo Weber, head of the forecasting and macroeconomic analysis research department at the IAB. "These are noticeable failures for the economy."