When the Workplace Collides with Caregiving, How Do We Manage?


When the Workplace Collides with Caregiving, How Do We Manage?

I recently debuted a new workshop, Caregiving Sensitivity Training, which helps employers and managers communicate effectively with their employees who also care for a family member with a chronic illness or disability.

During the training, we discussed this scenario: A job candidate discloses their caregiving responsibilities during an interview. How do you respond?

An attendee answered emphatically, "I won't hire that person."

What happens when the best candidate for a job also cares for a spouse who has cancer? How do we retain the team's best performer who also cares for parents in his home?

These are just two examples of how the workplace collides with a caregiving experience.

Consider what we know about the impact of caregiving on the workplace:

  • According to Gallup research sponsored by Pfizer/ReACT (Respect A Caregiver's Time), more than one in six Americans who have a full-time or part-time job care for a family member.

  • These working family caregivers miss an average of 6.6 days of work per year.

  • Gallup estimates that the cost of lost productivity due to absenteeism among full-time working caregivers is more than $25 billion annually. This estimate climbs above $28 billion when part-time caregivers are included.

The reality of our workplaces now includes both managers and employees coping with the responsibilities of caregiving. We're taking a closer look at the reality of the impact -- and how we manage it -- at our Caregiving and the Workplace Summit, which happens on June 2 at the Chicago Marriott O'Hare, 8535 W. Higgins, Chicago.

Our Summit features presenters who share the perspective of employers and working family caregivers including:

  • Cali Williams Yost, CEO and Founder of Flex+Strategy Group & Work+Life Fit Inc., and author of TWEAK IT: Make What Matters to You Happen Every Day;

  • Anne Tumlinson, founder of Daughterhood; and

  • Amy Goyer, working family caregiver, AARP caregiving expert for AARP and author of Juggling Life, Work and Caregiving.

You can meet five of our presenters in our special podcast series, Caregiving and the Workplace.

We'll ask our panelists and presenters to share their perspectives on questions like:

  • How have your caregiving responsibilities changed your career path?

  • How do you manage your difficult emotions during work?

  • When and how did you disclose your caregiving responsibilities to your manager?

  • How do you manage a caregiving crisis and your work responsibilities?

  • What support and resources would you like to be available at the workplace?

  • What technology solutions are being developed for employers?

  • What challenges do you encounter as managers?

  • Why is it important to your organization to support working family caregivers?

  • What informal solutions have you implemented in your workplace?

  • How do you see caregiving responsibilities affecting your workforce and workplace in the future?

  • Should working family caregivers disclose their caregiving situations during a job interview?

  • What caregiving services and programs can working family caregivers use so that they remain productive at work?

  • How can working family caregivers begin the conversation about their caregiving responsibilities with their managers? Co-workers?

  • How can employers accommodate employees with caregiving responsibilities?

  • What must employers know about workplace accommodations for their employees with caregiving responsibilities?

  • What can employers do to retain their employees with caregiving responsibilities?

  • What can working family caregivers do to keep their jobs?

We'd love for you to join us to share your perspectives and insights. You can register to attend either virtually or in person. For those attending in person, you can choose to stay for lunch after the program ends and join us for working group discussions. Health and allied professionals attending in person can receive 4 CEUs.

Learn more and register to join us virtually or in person on June 2 at the Caregiving and the Workplace Summit.


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