Caregiving and Your Career: What Do You Want?

Cali Williams Yost
Cali Williams Yost

Today, on Your Caregiving Journey, Cali Williams Yost, author of TWEAK IT: Make What Matters to You Happen Every Day joined me to discuss fitting together a career and a caregiving role. You can listen to our show via the player, below.

Cali and I spoke about how you can put controls in your life that can feel so out-of-control. You also can add choice into your day, which reminds you that your life can include choices.

Cali explained the difference between the experience of parenting and that of caring for family member–a differentiation still unrecognized in many corporate cultures. We also talked about whether or not there’s room for emotion in the workplace, especially because caregiving is such an emotional time. (Trish and I will talk more about this on Saturday’s episode of Table Talk, which airs at 10 a.m. ET, 9 a.m. CT, 7 a.m. PT.)

Our conversation leads me to wonder: What do you want so you keep your job and manage your caregiving responsibilities? What do you find yourself wishing for on a regular basis? Please share your thoughts in our comments section, below.

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2 Comments on "Caregiving and Your Career: What Do You Want?"

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Jan 7, 2013

Hi friends,
I really liked Cali’s and Denise’s progam this afternoon. Although I am not certain I would ever want to go into work on a full-time basis again? (I am on disability.) I could relate to several things. Be careful with whom you share your story about your private life with. Know that you have to make choices as Denise said just here above. Keep your personal and work calendars together so you can make choices. If something isn’t “fitting together” (such as missing your yoga class constantly?) then try to figure out a way to change that – like going to a yoga class which meets on a different day. (My thought.) This book review and talk about elder care made me think that Cali’s first book would be interesting too.

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Jan 8, 2013

I started listening to this podcast on my way home from work yesterday and was wishing my commute was longer so I could finish it in one sitting! :-) I’ll finish it up this morning but I love what I heard and am very interested in this. As a manager, it’s amazing to me how many times people don’t take responsibility for their own life/happiness/decisions. It makes me cringe when I hear people giving away their power. I do everything in my power to make the work environment a good one (with flexibility and compassion) but I do not have the power to change people’s own negative attitudes no matter what changes the employer makes. I hope you have Cali on again. Thanks, Denise!