Employers missing opportunities to help working parents, says Edenred

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Employers could do much more to help working parents with their common worries, according to new research from benefits provider Edenred.

The study, which asked 400 working parents on Edenred’s online advice channel Parenthub about their key areas of concern, found that three out of the top five troubles were ones where employers can help.

Finance, childcare provision and managing work/life balance came in the top five concerns, with sleep and food and nutrition completing the set.

Andy Philpott, sales and marketing director at Edenred, said: “It is clear that employers are missing an opportunity to help with some of the basics which are part and parcel of juggling a job with childcare.

“Finding childcare, paying for it, the issue of work/life balance and planning for family finances aren’t the job of employers but organisations can do a lot to help employees as at all points of the journey into parenthood with the common problems that can take employee’s attention away from their jobs.

"We all know now that distracted and stressed staff are less likely to perform and more likely to be ill so providing help is a question of common sense which benefits both employer and employees.”

The survey took place between September and October 2012.

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