Allison Hutton

Factoring Child Health Into Your Company Health Plan

When considering options for health coverage for your employees, child health may not immediately be a consideration. However, child health is often a primary concern for many employees because parents seek employers who encourage the health and well-being of themselves and their family.

Child Needs and Benefits

When employers look for talented employees, the benefits offered to a potential employee can be the deciding factor for whether or not they accept a position. Of course, significant factors can also include salary, the opportunity for growth and the office environment. Employees with children will also consider how much emphasis the employer puts on child health and well-being.

Many companies understand the importance of family balance for employees and offer benefits that not only improve the lives of employees but the lives of their families. For example, Business News Daily noted that Facebook offers amazing perks for employees with children or expecting a child, such as four months of paid parental leave for moms and dads, daycare and adoption fee reimbursement and $4,000 after the arrival or adoption of a child. Additionally, fast-food restaurant chain Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop allows parents on staff to attend any of their child’s events or activities — no strings attached.

While giving an employee $4,000 in cash may not be a viable option for your organization, there are perks you can offer employees to provide the piece of mind for child health and well-being.

Flexible Schedules and Telecommuting Options

When children are out of school for the summer, the transition can be a stressful one for employees and their children. Parents may feel uncomfortable leaving their child at home alone, but the child may be on the cusp of being too old for child care. Allowing employees the flexibility of coming in later, leaving earlier or working from a home office can alleviate much of this stress. U.S. News and World Report found that flexible work schedules were one of the top perks that employees wish their employers offered to better juggle work and home life.

The best way to create a plan or program that incorporates child health considerations is to ask your employees. Whether a confidential survey is created or a group meeting is held, asking employees what can be done to alleviate the stress of being a working parent goes a long way to show your sincere concern for your employees and their families. Be open and share that not all suggestions may be viable options for your workplace, but put your best foot forward to really understand employee concerns and what can be done to address them.

Allison Hutton is an experienced writer, editor, communications professional, researcher and social media consultant. During her more than 15 years of communications and writing experience, Allison has worked with a variety of clients, from small business owners to Fortune 500 companies. She has an M.S. in entertainment business, a B.A. in communication and lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with her husband and four children.