"We've had individuals having to call off because they've had to stay home with their kids because they couldn't find day care support," said Tim Largent, Alpla's human resources director for North American manufacturing. "We've had people not be able to work different shifts because of the day care support that was needed."
The Hard, Austria-based plastics packaging company has a child care facility in its hometown. In the U.S., it has 17 locations and first explored setting up an on-site child care center at its Salt Lake City factory.
But after deciding it wasn't large enough, the company opted for a nationwide benefit through Tootris.
Largent said the company has received positive feedback and is looking at increasing the stipend above $1,000.
Tootris allows people to apply filters like ZIP code, work hours and specific days to narrow down searches.
Alpla linked the new benefit to keeping the growth of its business on track.
In a March 9 news release announcing the arrangement with Tootris, Alpla said the child care benefits would help it accelerate its U.S. growth. It pointed to 27.5 percent global sales growth in 2022.
"The family-owned company made the decision to support a significant need of their growing number of employees as it expands its production capacities and increases staff size," the release said.
Largent also said it's a way for Alpla to support employees.
"Family values are tied into the organization and us being able to execute on this, really help our employees recognize that we truly mean what we say when it comes to us wanting to support the families of our organization," Largent said.
A February 2022 article by the Society for Human Resource Management found that while men had regained most of their jobs lost from the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of women in the workforce was still nearly 2 million lower than pre-pandemic levels, in part because women shoulder more caregiver responsibilities.