The rising costs of daycare may be hurting career women’s career ambition. Day care costs have increased in the last two years and more states have slashed budgets for full-time childcare programs, leaving working families struggling to pay for huge child-care bills. This takes away encouragement and support from women looking to return to the workforce. More
Employee perks are extremely important. Heck, almost one-quarter of 10,000 young professionals who answered a recent survey said that their dream place of employment was Google. I have a feeling that is not because they are all interested in technology. It is because of the amazing perks the company has to offer. On the Employee Benefits page, Google CEO Eric Schmidt states: “The goal is to strip away everything that gets in our employees’ way. We provide a standard package of fringe benefits, but on top of that are first-class dining facilities, gyms, laundry rooms, massage rooms, haircuts, car washes, dry cleaning, commuting buses – just about anything a hardworking employee might want.” More
A new study in The Daily Mail by Dr. Aric Sigman shows that young children who go to daycare, as opposed to staying home with mom, have increased levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Even though there’s no proof that the increased cortisol levels will have an effect later in life and even though they aren’t quite sure if it’s caused by being away from parents or simply running around more, Sigman thinks that we might want to question or career choices. Daycare could be stressful, so the only solution is for mothers to head back to the home, right? Um, wrong. More
I’ve mentioned before how much I always enjoyed my summer job in high school as a nanny for a two young children. While I’ve never been a live-in domestic employee, I did spend at least 40 hours a week, every week of my summer vacation, taking care of kids. I loved it, but it was definitely hard work. My hours were 7am to 5pm. That’s ten straight hours of a 15 year old girl working as a nanny.
According to a proposed California law, if I were just three years older, that gig should have qualified me for breaks every two hours, health benefits, vacation and overtime pay. More