JOIN OUR LIVE EVENT ON OCTOBER 14: What employers can do to support working parents right now

JOIN OUR LIVE EVENT ON OCTOBER 14: What employers can do to support working parents right now
There are a number of strategies companies can use to support working parents. Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

The coronavirus pandemic created a caregiving crisis, and working parents have paid a steep price. When schools shut down in March of 2020, they became their children's de facto nannies and teachers, juggling at-home math lessons with Zoom meetings, work email, and other life responsibilities. Today, more than a year-and-a-half later as the delta variant surges and children under the age of 12 remain ineligible for the vaccine, stresses remain.

Some working parents have left their jobs, while many others have scaled back their careers. Mental health issues, meanwhile, have skyrocketed. According to research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, roughly 70% of parents and caregivers reported poor mental health during the pandemic, compared with a third of people who did not hold those responsibilities.

At a time when companies are struggling to retain workers, the strain on parents and caregivers is no small issue for employers. So, what can they do about it? What kinds of benefits can organizations provide that address caregiver burnout? How can they create part-time and flexible work schedules to keep more women in the workforce and give all employees more control over where and when they work? And finally, what can individual managers do to help parents and other workers juggling outside caregiving responsibilities?


Please join us for a live virtual conversation around these topics, moderated by Insider's Rebecca Knight, senior correspondent for careers and the workplace. The hour-long chat is scheduled for October 14 at 1pm ET, or 10 a.m. PT. The experts will also be taking audience questions live.

Our guests include:

  • Adrienne Schneider, CEO, The Camille Group, Advisor, Family First, and former Director of Benefits at American Airlines
  • Karsten Vagner, SVP of People, at the Maven Clinic
  • Kate Walker, CEO, Presence Learning, and author of "The Good Boss: 9 Ways Every Manager Can Support Women at Work."

You can sign up here.