Posted on USA Today  — Mar . 9, 2021

Johnny C. Taylor Jr., a human resources expert, is tackling your questions as part of a series for USA TODAY. Taylor is president and CEO of the Society for Human Resource Management, the world’s largest HR professional society.


As remote work – and for many people, remote schooling – continues, how can providing parenting education in the workplace support parents in their role as employees? – Eve S.

Johnny C. Taylor Jr.:

Work-life balance can be challenging and complex no matter the circumstance – this is especially true today when for many, work is home and home is work.

As working parents and caregivers juggle personal and professional needs in a remote setting, there are ways organizations can support employees – and it starts with transparent communication with your people manager and HR.

Open and honest conversations give employers better insight into employee needs and open a window for employees to explore the benefits their organization may already have in place, such as flexible scheduling and leave policies, and an opportunity to discuss other potential accommodations.

In addition, parenting education programs can equip working parents with resources and tools to foster communication and conflict management skills and provide professional guidance for integrating work and family responsibilities.

I also recommend reaching out to HR to see if your company offers an Employee Assistance Program. In a changing workplace, this benefit has become more important than ever – providing resources like financial planning, telehealth services, or counselors for ongoing support.