Employer Awareness of Caregiving Employees
Employee caregivers in the workplace responsible for a loved one with a disability or a chronic medical condition are often forced to make accommodations when it comes to work-life balance.
The Nebraska Lifespan Respite Network is dedicated to informing employers of public and private resources to best support your caregiving employees. Our goal is to minimize the impact to employers from the risks of lower productivity, absenteeism, higher healthcare costs, and decreased retention. By being aware of respite resources that provide a break for working caregivers, respite care helps them perform at their highest levels and manage the demands of both work and family caregiving of a loved one with special needs.
The Caring Company recently published a report titled How Employers Can Cut Costs And Boost Productivity By Helping Employees Manage Caregiving Needs:
American companies are facing a caregiving crisis—they just refuse to acknowledge it. Many employers (52%) do not track data on their employees’ caregiving responsibilities. Few employers, therefore, know the significant impact that caregiving has on the productivity of employees. In the employee survey, three out of four (73%) employees reported having some type of current caregiving responsibility. Employers do not realize the extent to which caregiving affects employee performance: Only a minority of employers (24%) responded that caregiving influenced workers’ performance. In contrast, more than 80% of employees with caregiving responsibilities admitted that caregiving affected their productivity—specifically, their ability to perform their best at work all the time. Read the full report.
HIGHLIGHTED EMPLOYER RESOURCES