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Business Reopening in the U.K causes childcare issues

Joshua Evans, September 14, 2020

COVID-19 Virus (Close-Up – September 2020)

COVID-19 strikes again with affecting businesses worldwide Apparently, with COVID-19 we are reverting back to Pre World War 2 days where women and people of color were dramatically affected by the workforce and could not work. The Chief leader for CMI, a manufacturing company states, “the government push for people to go to the office risks a return to ‘white middle-aged males’ making important decisions.” She means that only the privileged/elite are really are benefitting from returning back to work because underprivileged groups can not afford it due to outside factors. Businesses are opening because the economy needs to start bouncing back unless we will begin to fall into a recession.

Due, to the swift closing of schools worldwide. Students are now home doing school through online web calls, such as: Zoom. For kids, in primary school, this presents a major problem because parents who have busy careers do not feel comfortable leaving their children at home alone, and childcare is not a feasible option. There was a recent poll put out by the TUC (Trades Union Congress) that discovered that “two in five mothers can not find the childcare that they need to return to work.” There is a really big risk when returning back to work especially if your corporation employs 500+ people. This quickly becomes a very difficult situation for parents wanting to return regular office life. Especially, since childcare is not readily available in the COVID-19 Era. This begs the question, are companies really ready to have employees return back to work if they can’t compensate for something as simple as childcare?

But, this isn’t just about childcare. This is about to impact of COVID-19 on businesses in general. Another poll stated that, “74% of managers cited the risk of contracting coronavirus as employees’ most common concern, while a previous survey found that 91% of managers said “blended working” – a mixture of remote and office working – motivated them, 85% said it made them more productive and 77% said it made them more satisfied.” (The Guardian) Companies need to start accommodating to their employees or they will risk long-term problems. I would suggest that people working for corporations start to take note of what management is doing to support their employees. I think this goes into a bigger conversation about business ethics which is what I’ve been discussing with class this past couple of days. What is considered ethical or not? Are these businesses acting ethical? Business ethics is defined as “implementing appropriate business policies and practices with regard to arguably controversial subjects. Some issues that come up in a discussion of ethics include corporate governance, insider trading, bribery, discrimination, social responsibility, and fiduciary responsibilities.” My opinion on this is that businesses need to start to accommodate their workers more. With this, these issues wouldn’t come up and things would be properly accounted for.

https://www.theguardian.com/money/2020/sep/13/reopening-uk-offices-risks-excluding-women-and-minorities-says-business-chief

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