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July 27, 2019 Saturday 09:23:52 AM IST

Flexible Working Hours May be Stressful for Parents

Photo by Macquarie University

Flexible working hours provided for employees during school holidays can turn out to be more stressful for parents, according to a new research done by Macquarie University's Business School. 
Prof Lucy Taksa, Co-Director of the Centre for Workforce Futures found the combination of workplace demands and attending to needs of children at home pluts extra pressure on mothers. They write emails on their phones, or dragging lap toptops out at skate parks and play centres. Sometimes, women also need to look after parents and eldery while juggling with office work at home. 
Companies should think of devising holiday programs for children and Macquarie University provides a Vacation Care recreational program for up to 60 primary-school children. Financial services company IAG found that school holiday programs for children of their employees helped in annual saving in care costs to staff upto $5000 for each child.
Most often companies provide flexible working hours as a favour but it results in more stress on employees especially working mothers.