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Face the Facts: Family Caregivers Work

An Office Worker Dresses the Part

Here we go again. More black-and-white confirmation that elder responsibilities often negatively impact both employees and companies. A new fact sheet out from the AARP Public Policy Institute, in chilling percentages, shows the enormity of the issue and the need to implement or enhance workplace programs.

Let me lay it out. Here are the statistics I found particularly revealing:

Now, getting down to business. It’s expensive for employers to ignore the needs of caregivers and not do everything to make it easier for them.

Altruism aside, elder care programs (on-site support groups, discount backup home care, referrals to community caregiving resources) boost productivity, employee retention and health while reducing stress. (Read the Society for Human Resource Management’s suggestions.)

So do flexible work arrangements, family leave and paid sick days. Offering these alternatives also will make a company more attractive to new work prospects and help retain current employees.

If those suggestions don’t do the job, here are two that will:

You’d think it would be a no-brainer for employers. What do you think is holding them back? I’d love your opinion.

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