Why Employers Must Provide Support and Assistance to Caregiving Employees

Original Publishing Date: 6 January 2020
Publisher: SHRM
Author: Joanne Sammer

Employee caregivers have to juggle the pressures of work along with their duties of a caregiver which leads to stress, depression, and loneliness. These duties take a major toll on the physical and mental health of the caregivers. Additionally, companies are ignoring this emerging crisis of their fellow employees.

“Training managers to understand caregiving and its responsibilities is an important part of providing caregiving benefits.”

Companies need to address their employee’s caregiving obligations in order to gain maximum productivity. They need to develop a care culture that specifically benefits those in the caregiving field. With these benefits, the employees will be more productive and less distracted. Companies should focus on understanding their employee’s evolving needs, adopt a program for balancing work and life, and identifying and providing the hidden costs involved in caregiving.

“Many employees leave the workplace temporarily or consider early retirement because of caregiving responsibilities.”

Organizations that are informed and sensitive to caregivers and provide them with resources, incentives, and support not only increase overall productivity but also reduces the burden on caregiving employees. Even if programs that facilitate caregiving responsibilities exist, they are not taken advantage of. This happens solely when the work environment is toxic and the employees fear the management. Employers must reassure their employees that their careers won’t derail if they choose to make the best out of these resources.

This article highlights the importance of providing support and assistance to the caregiving employees.

To read the full article click here: https://www.shrm.org/resourcesandtools/hr-topics/benefits/pages/improving-lives-of-employee-caregivers-makes-business-sense.aspx

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