Friday morning the United Way of Southeast Missouri will host a seminar for local business leaders to discuss the importance of family-friendly employment practices.
Here's the link to read more about the program at 7:30 a.m. at The Osage Center on Friday. http://www.semissourian.com/story/162668...
I'm not a working parent myself, but I remember the challenges my working mom faced when I was growing up.
I'll never forget having my tear-streamed face pressed to the plate-glass window that looked out onto the daycare center parking lot as I watched my mom's car pull away each morning.
What I didn't know until I was much older is that sometimes...she was crying too.
The idea behind the United Way's effort to advocate for family-friendly business practices -- like flexible hours, job sharing between employees, and special leave for childcare emergencies -- is that these measures benefit both employees and their children.
In the long run, they benefit the business offering them too.
If parent's aren't constantly worrying about their kids, they're likely to be more productive, call in sick less often, have better morale and stay on the job longer.
I made it through those daycare days with the help of a little lipstick trick my mom used. She'd apply a fresh coat and then kiss my sister and I on the cheek leaving us "sealed with a kiss." It was a lasting reminder that she was thinking of us, even if she couldn't be with us. We'd check the lipstick print in the mirror throughout the day to make sure she was still there.
Without a family of my own, I look back and marvel at how my mom balanced family needs with her job responsibilities as a manager at JCPenney. I feel overwhelmed just keeping my dog fed and my house clean!
Having lived through it, I think mom would say that working parents need all the help they can get. Let's hope local businesses agree after listening to Friday's presentation.