ERIC Number: ED212369
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Oct
Honeywell's Working Parents Task Force. Final Report and Recommendations.
Honeywell, Inc., Minneapolis, Minn.
This publication provides a summary of the Honeywell Working Parent Task Force's recommendations on how to solve problems experienced by working parents. The Task Force consisted of three committees: the Employment Practices Committee (EPC); the Parent Education Committee (PEC); and the Child Care Facilities Committee (CCFC). After examining a variety of employment practices which affect working parents, the EPC found that the main problem experienced by these parents when managing work and family responsibilities was inflexible work schedules. Following an exploration of several alternative work options, the committee began a thorough evaluation of flextime. As a result, a working definition of flextime was developed, current Honeywell policy and practices regarding flextime were identified, and local and national employers were surveyed about their flextime practices. The EPC concluded that Honeywell should adopt a flextime policy which endorses flextime wherever possible. The work of the PEC was based on the recognition of the challenges faced by working parents as they try to manage both work and family responsibilities. The PEC focused on the kinds of information needed by working parents and how best to present this information. The two major vehicles recommended for providing information to parents were working parents seminars and distribution of printed materials. Finally, the CCFC, after reviewing studies related to child care facilities in Minneapolis and conducting interviews with other large employers and professionals who deliver services to families and children, identified the 10 most serious problems faced by working parents and suggested several recommendations for overcoming these problems. A draft of the proposed flextime policy, as well as information about Minneapolis's Computerized Child Care Information Network and the CCFC's recommendation to develop on-site child care facilities, are included in the appendices. (Author/MP)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Honeywell, Inc., Minneapolis, Minn.