How Companies Can Support Single Parents

Around the world, the average rate of single parenthood is 7 percent, which is under a third of the rate in the U.S.

In many ways, the economic odds are stacked against single parents. These employees are supporting families on a single income, while also managing and paying for childcare on their own.

Fortunately, there are many ways employers can help improve work conditions for single parents.

Child Support

Offering on-site childcare or corporate discounts for use at childcare facilities can make it easier for single parents to lighten the financial burden on their families and make life more manageable.

Flexible Work Options

Around three in five single parents want flexible work hours and the option to telecommute. As we have seen during the COVID-19 pandemic, working and parenting is an extremely difficult balancing task. Offering flexible work hours will be vital for all parents, especially single parents who manage the entire family schedule on their own.

Time Off

Employee burnout is a real issue, particularly for single parents who work full time. Hence on average, the physical activity of single parents is significantly lower than partnered parents. Consider paid family and medical leave policy to help relieve the financial burden on new parents and parents with sick children who require extra time away from work.

Offer Support For Future

Parenting for single parents isn’t just a time management challenge, it’s a financial challenge too. The average annual household income for single parents is nearly half that of partnered parents and, on average, single parents have less money in savings and are more likely to live paycheck to paycheck. Offering employee benefits such as retirement savings plans and college savings plans can make a big difference in the financial wellness of these workers.