The Effect of Providing On-Site Child Care Services on Personnel Productivity, Morale and Retention
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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This thesis investigates the possible impact of on-site child development centers on the productivity, morale, and retention of Naval officers and enlisted personnel. A written survey was conducted of active-duty Navy personnel with dependents under age 13, assigned to eight Navy shore installations, four of which offer child care and four of which do not. Approximately 39 percent of the respondents reported experiencing child care- related work interference, regardless of marital status or command type. Personnel at commands without on-site child care reported higher rates of several types of work interference. Of the 30 percent of respondents who reported that their child care experiences had influenced their decision to remain in the Navy, by a ratio of 2 to 1, they were more likely to leave than to remain on active-duty. However, statistical analyses conducted while controlling for other factors suggest that on-site centers do not significantly increase or decrease the probability of either work interference or career influence.
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