Nike's plan to accommodate working mothers and fathers seems to fail.
Hundreds of co-workers are toasting the seafood giant to expand its child development program – a benefit of the company, which owns a daycare facility near Nike's headquarters in Portland, Ore. There are currently more than 500 families using the decades-long subsidized program, and hundreds more are on a waiting list to sign up, reports Bloomberg.
Nike plans to close its daycare center and move to a larger building.
The new site is hosted by Endeavor Schools, the partner of Nike, operating day-to-day.
Endeavor Schools has seen significant revenue growth of 71
"One of our key growth drivers is the care and dedication of our wonderful staff, made up primarily of passionate educators, to unlock the students' potential," said Ricardo Campo, CEO of Endeavor Schools recent press release.
But not all Nike employees are excited about the move.
In recent weeks, a petition has been circulated to the company requesting Nike to continue the children's program on the Nike campus in Beaverton. According to Bloomberg, more than 1,300 people, including dozens of parents on the waiting list, signed the document.
Some employees have complained about the inconvenience, others are worried about changes that could be made in Endeavor Schools.
It is not very clear what would happen to the staff – teachers, supervisors, etc. – who are running the current on-site program, although questions have also been raised about it. One person familiar with the expansion plan told Bloomberg that employees were offered a $ 10,000 bonus during the transition and that they would be given performances at the new location, although they may lose some benefits could.
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"We do not want sacrifice, we do not want to sacrifice quality," said Nike spokeswoman Sandra Carreon-John Bloomberg. "After all, Nike is not a child care expert, we work with people who they are."
Carreon-John said the move would not be instant.
"We wanted to inform the parents as early as possible, not overnight, but in a period of 18 to 24 months," she told Fast Company, adding that many parents are excited about the plan, in particular those who will delete him from the waiting list.
Nike did not respond immediately Fox Business asks Friday afternoon for more comments.
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Nike's Child Development Team offers educational activities throughout the day for children from infants to five year olds.
"With easy access to the facilities and grounds of Nike, there are opportunities for exercise and activity, and Child Development employees often attend farmer markets on campus, visit athletes and other events Early education, child psychology, and other areas are helping to make every child's development spur, "explains Nike on his website.