Guidance for Employers on Flexible Work Arrangements and Other Good Workplace Practices (COVID-19)
Guidance for Employers on Flexible Work Arrangements and Other Good Workplace Practices in the Context of COVID-19
What you need to know about flexible work arrangements and how you can strengthen and accelerate best practices.
A family-friendly workplace or employer is one whose policies and practices make it possible for employees and/or workers to more easily achieving work-life balance, and to fulfil both their work and family obligations. These policies may include, but are not limited to, childcare, breastfeeding rooms, flexible work arrangements, paid leave, safe transport, parenting education and so on.
In Mongolia and various other countries, authorities have enforced kindergarten- and school closure policies as part of the preparedness and response to contain the COVID-19 epidemic. In addition to the impacts on children’s education, there are concerns about children’s protection and well-being as children are left alone or without adequate care as many parents still need to go to work. COVID-19 may also have negative effects on mental health and wellbeing of patients (if any), caregivers, children and adolescents and the public2, such as experiencing fear of the consequences of infection with a new virus, and triggering stigma. Those placed in quarantine (or self-isolated) may experience boredom, loneliness, and anger.
By promoting flexible working arrangements such as adjusted working hours, working from home and/or support childcare, your employees will be in a better position to address any childcare challenges and not be distracted by concerns about their children’s safety and wellbeing at home.