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Caregiving Takes a Toll on Employees

Don’t Forget About Dads

Most of us will provide care for a loved one during our career. Many find the experience rewarding while simultaneously enduring physical, emotional and financial strain. Caregivers often struggle to manage their personal responsibilities and perform at work, making caregiving a corporate priority.

According to an NBGH Quick Survey, 88% of large employers said caregiving will become an increasingly important issue in the next five years.

So how can employers support employees who provide care to an adult or child? Here are a few simple ideas to get you started:

  1. Be proactive in soliciting employee feedback through focus groups and surveys. Tap into existing affinity groups to better understand the employee experience and advance shared goals around supporting working caregivers.
  2. Fight the stigma through increased awareness and manager training. Twenty-eight percent of those caring for an aging parent, relative or friend report their employers are unaware of their caregiving status.[1]
  3. Offer and promote a broad suite of benefits to meet the diverse needs of caregivers. Practices to consider include paid leave, flexible schedules, on-site, back-up and respite care, support groups, professional care management services, digital apps and more.

Want to learn more?

Amazon shared insights about their philosophy and approach to supporting caregivers of children with special needs during an April 2018 Business Group webinar. Catch up by reading the one-page summary of Amazon’s experience or listening to the recorded webinar.

This year’s Workforce Strategy conference also features an employer-only panel on Taking Care of Caregivers. Register today to prepare for the changing dynamics of work and family, communications and health technology.

Member-only Family & Caregiving Resources

[1] Witters D. Caregiving costs U.S. economy $25.2 billion in lost productivity. Gallup News. 2011