I’m still in the LEAVE YOUR KIDS AT HOME AND FIND DAY CARE school of punk rock — but I’m totally sympathetic to the issues around day care. Furthermore, I’m impressed because several readers are plugged into the childcare mess at The Googles.
- Google proudly advertises their daycare program as an employee benefit, but they are raising the costs of on-site daycare at Google to an almost unfordable price.
- Some employees are staging a revolt and using the media, company time, and a mix of private resources to voice their concerns to Larry Page and Sergey Brin.
Here’s a list of sites to get yourself up to speed with the day care issue @ Google.
- The NYTs kicks things off with a primer on what’s happening at Google.
- Frank Roche boldly and succinctly tells Google that the bloom is off the rose.
- FrannyO plugged us into a discussion on Google Daycare.
- There are some who argue that the rise in daycare expenses is unfair because the quality of Google’s on-site childcare is declining.
- Valleywag has the communication from Google’s chief HR officer on this issue! Turns out that short-sided nepotism may be involved in the reasons why Google started offering expensive & subsidized day care in the first place.
- Is childcare a benefit or a luxury in this economy? Even Google is facing challenges, as evidenced by the fact that they’re closing offices in Denver and Dallas.
The dollar is weak, the economy is lagging, and fuel prices are up. It’s almost too expensive to have children, and when you do have a kid, the work environment doesn’t provide any benefits or incentives for birthing & raising the next generation of doctors, lawyers & tax accountants. (Oh, and thugs.)
If Google can’t get childcare right, can any organization?! Can the government help?
What do you think?