New Research Reveals Demand for Workplace Childcare Not Being Met; Impacting Productivity

By Rebecca Derrington

It’s not enough for Australian businesses to provide stable and stimulating employment for staff in 2018. New national research reveals they want a whole lot more to be productive, including access to workplace childcare.

The Think Global research, commissioned by Dexus, explored what executives from growing small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) around Australia are looking for to make their 2018 workspace an inspiring place to work.

With almost three in four Australian business executives indicating that their workspace directly impacts team engagement, productivity and job satisfaction, the importance of the workspace offer is vital for this growing sector.

Take access to childcare, for instance. With less than half of the executives surveyed who want workplace childcare are currently being offered it, there appears a mismatch between what people want and what they’re able to access.

Securing access to childcare a critical factor for parents returning to work. Realistically however, the infrastructure required for onsite childcare is beyond most SMEs, accounting for the low reporting by those SMEs surveyed as being offered within their workplace (15%), despite demand being more than double this amount (40%).

For these executives wanting access to onsite care for kids, the ability to help employees get priority access to childcare can be an appealing enticement when searching for the best place to ‘set up shop’.

In a market where competition for talent is fierce, being able to better satisfy this need adds to the business’ overall employee value proposition, a factor that Dexus has taken seriously.

Seriously enough in fact that the nation’s biggest landlord has partnered with Guardian Early Learning centres to create a program called ‘Childspace’, which provides priority access to childcare at any of the 100 Guardian Early Learning centres to any employee of a business accommodated in a Dexus building.

And that’s not all. Dexus is continuing to invest in products and services, that enhance not just productivity, but also job satisfaction and team engagement.

Dexus Place is an example. The concept gives businesses, including growing SMEs, the flexibility to use the amenities for conferences, meetings and training rooms, even short-term office space, and access the high tech facilities that they would otherwise not be able to afford.

The Think Global Research Workplace Report can be downloaded here.

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Dexus commissioned Think Global Research to conduct an online survey of 300 Australian business executives in growing SMEs who are responsible for, or influence decisions when choosing an office space.