“It’s in the best interest of employers to provide as much assistance as they can… if you have a productive employee it’s much better to retain that person… than to lose that good employee”
This video captures conversations with Human Resources departments of various organizations. The focus is on the importance of supporting employees who have caregiving situations so that they can productively balance both work and their caregiving responsibilities.
There is a lot employers can do to be supportive even simple things like providing caregiving information in periodic newsletters. Some organizations offer mid day or after work programs on caregiving and training on respite mechanisms. Flexible work policies are also a way to help ease the burden on caregivers, so that they can also attend to their loved ones.
“Some of our best trained most knowledgable employees are the ones who are older, who are having caregiving issues. And, if they leave a lot of knowledge walks out the door.”
Organizations have legal and ethical responsibilities to fulfill when it comes to their employees. More importantly they can also include smart business practices to increase productivity and cut losses.
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Source: University of Wisconsin Extension: University of Wisconsin Extension
This YouTube video has been curated by Caregiver Saathi. All Rights are Reserved with the original publisher and creators.