Original Publishing Date: March 25, 2019
Author: Dr Miles Varn, CEO of PinnacleCare, a health advisory services firm.

“According to researchers at Harvard Business School, 73% of employees in the U.S. are caring for a child, parent or friend.” 

While the author states the figures of employees from the US, the statistics are similar around the world as well.

In India, for example, the number of employees who have to care for someone at home is rising. This is not the only concerning thing, but what’s even more concerning is that this share of caregiving in India is actually disproportionate, with the women of the house taking care of the patients more than the men.

A study by HelpAge India found out that 68% daughters-in-law caregivers provide physical care in Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADL) such as help in using the telephone, shopping, preparing meals, housekeeping, washing clothes, transportation, taking medicine, against sons (up to 51%) to the elderly.

Caregiving can have a significant impact on the caregiver’s professional life. The author mentions that 80% of the employees who were surveyed under the Harvard Study admitted that caregiving had an effect on their productivity at work and interfered with their ability to do their best work.

Under such circumstances, employers can take a proactive role in not just maintaining the well-being of their employees but also in improving their productivity, which is ultimately beneficial to the whole firm.

The author mentions that the employers can take multiple steps such as creating an organization-wide understanding of the challenges that caregivers face, communicate with the employees about the benefits they can avail and connect them with beneficial resources.

The employers and employee can also discuss upon flexible work timings and remote working so that the caregiver can support themselves and the patients while also doing their work at the comfort of their homes.

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