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EMPLOYER-SUPPORTED CHILDCARE: A practical guide for Myanmar businesses

2020

Myanmar

Report/Paper

Influencing Gender Norms

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EMPLOYER-SUPPORTED CHILDCARE: A practical guide for Myanmar businesses

EMPLOYER-SUPPORTED CHILDCARE: A practical guide for Myanmar businesses

The COVID-19 pandemic has rapidly changed the economy, society and the lives of people around the globe. Business owners are pressured to make decisions and formulate measures that will allow them to support the care and family needs of their employees whilst keeping their businesses afloat.

Published by the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, this guide provides useful information for employers in Myanmar on childcare support for employees and includes an explanation of why this support is good for businesses. It introduces and explains a range of childcare support options that an employer can consider, as well as best practice examples of businesses in Myanmar and around the world that are implementing employer-supported childcare.

The guide was developed to accompany the Tackling Childcare: The Business Case for Employer-Supported Childcare in Myanmar report launched in December 2019.

 

Highlights

  • Employers that help employees manage their childcare responsibilities can expect to see a happier and more motivated workforce. They can also expect to see improved productivity, reduced turnover and an improved reputation among the labour market as an employer of choice.
  • The childcare needs of employees differ depending on the ages of their children, their work obligations and the locations of their homes and workplaces. Making sure the support options meet the diverse needs of employees and providing multiple options to employees – these are essential to ensuring a workable and effective childcare support strategy for a business.
  • By supporting childcare benefits, employers can better attract and retain qualified staff – helping boost productivity.
  • Providing childcare is viewed positively by customers, investors and other external stakeholders.
  • Options for supporting childcare range from less resource intensive strategies, such as information and referral services and back-up care benefits, to more resource-intensive strategies such as workplace crèches.
  • The first step should be to understand employee needs and preferences relating to childcare before designing or selecting solutions.
  • In IFC’s research on employer-supported childcare in Myanmar, flexible working arrangements were the number one choice among employees for how employers could help them manage their childcare responsibilities alongside their workplace obligations.

 

Contents

  • Introduction
  • Business benefits of childcare support for employees
  • Business options for childcare support
  • Flexible Working Arrangements
  • Key Considerations
  • Childcare Laws and Regulations in Myanmar
  • International Examples
  • Myanmar Examples
  • Glossary of Childcare Terms

 

This report was originally published on the IFC website.

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