Care for Caregivers: Helping Them Balance Careers and Caregiving

Original publishing date: July 23, 2014
Publisher: Harvard Business School Publishing
Author: Jody Gastfriend“Being known as a flexible supportive work culture is not just good management, it makes good business sense.”

The sad truth for many is being caught in the middle of work, young children and senior parents. These people are rarely ever identified as caregivers; just a family member doing their best to assist and provide. Providing care for an aging family member can cost families more than $5,000 annually.

On average, caregivers take  leave of 6.6 working days annually. These unproductive days cost companies $17 to $33 billion dollars every year. Workers are often forced to quit their job to take care of a loved one.

Certain corporations are attempting to facilitate productivity for their caregiver employees. Companies that choose to be flexible with regard to caregivers avoid the risk of “caregiver workplace discrimination lawsuits”, and can be more successful when hiring and maintaining their employees.

Some companies  also provide help which is crucial for the well-being of caregivers and their patients. They provide seminars, access to reputable information, paid time off, etc.

“If you spend all your time as a caregiver stressed out and figuring out logistics, you may miss out on the good stuff – and that includes being engaged in your job while spending precious time with your family.”

The article emphasizes the importance of companies providing flexibility and assistance for their caregivers, and for caregivers to request and utilize this assistance. The necessity of employer-employee harmony is crucial; caregivers cannot travel this demanding journey alone.

Read the full article here: https://hbr.org/2014/07/no-one-should-have-to-choose-between-caregiving-and-work

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