Jan Lepore-Jentleson, executive director of East End Community Services in Dayton, said not showing up for work on time may not reflect on a person’s work ethic. Many people in this region lack reliable child care or a good social network to help out when the unexpected pops up, she said.
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“We see it all the time in warehousing and distribution,” Lepore-Jentleson said. “Women will get told that morning that they have to work a 10-hour shift or a 12-hour shift. And what are they going to do with their children? I think that’s short-sightedness on the part of employers.”
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Jerry Parisi, chairman and chief executive of I Supply Co, a Fairborn restaurant supply distributor, said he hires plenty of people with kids, but companies with 24/7 operations like his don’t always have the flexibility in staffing to cover for workers who call off because of child care issues.
“Employers can’t afford too much bench in every position to perform the tasks (during) an absent employee’s unexpected absence,” Parisi said.
Krein said it is costly to hire and train an employee, only to lose that person because of child care or transportation issues. Instead, she said, employers when possible should offer flexible schedules, let people work from home and “don’t put up unnecessary barriers to people that are in need.”
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Some employers got in the habit of being overly choosy about job candidates when unemployment was high and thousands of people were hunting for jobs, Krein said.
“The expectations that employers had about attracting and retaining talent 10 years ago really have to change because we are not in the same job market now,” she said. “If you are paying less (than your competitors) it’s a pretty clear indication of why you can’t find talent.”
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