Yesterday I had to go in for my dreaded three-hour Glucose Tolerance Test. If you have not had to do this, let me give you some advice: Have your spouse or a family member come over for the rest of the day if you have a little one around. They took so much blood (five pricks in three hours) after I had fasted for twelve hours that I thought I might not make it on the drive home. I spent the rest of the afternoon in bed, recovering, with the remote in one hand and something to drink in the other. I literally felt as though the life had been sucked right out of my veins!
But the post isn´t about that. During my three-hour vacation in the medical lab, I met the nicest clerk. She was thirty-three years old and the mother of four children that ranged in age from 15 to 8 months (the last, she said, was a beautiful "surprise!´).
She´d been working at the lab for three and a half years, but she confided in me with a low whisper that she had just applied for a job in the hospital. The reason? Her company had been taken over by a larger company and she wasn´t thrilled with the changes that were going on.
In the meantime, when she went to apply at the hospital she discovered that they offered on-site daycare. She began talking about the wonderful bonus of having a facility on site, and again it made me wonder why more large businesses are not offering this type of service.
The reasons she listed for wanting on site daycare were numerous. First, she was still breastfeeding her daughter, which meant she could do so if she wanted during the day. Secondly, she could pop down and see her daughter on her breaks or for her lunch hour. How great would that be, to take an hour each day to see your eight month old and eat lunch with her, when normally you would not have that opportunity? Thirdly, she runs her kids everywhere before heading off to work each morning: daycare, preschool, and school. The onsite daycare would not only be more convenient but it would save her both time in the morning and gas money. Also, she said that she suffered severe PPD this time around, and sending her daughter to daycare when she was still very young was pretty traumatic for her. She felt a lot of guilt that she feels she might not have felt had she been able to send her somewhere on site.
So again, if you have young children, and if there are other parents in your building who do, try to talk to your company about the benefits of onsite childcare. Obviously you still have to pay for the daycare, but at least your children are nearby, you are saving money and time by having tem so closely, and honestly, you´ll probably be a more productive employee just in knowing that you can drop in and visit when you have the time.