Smart businesses are helping workers take on growing caregiving role. Minneapolis Star Tribune | December 10, 2017
Estimates are that nearly 20 percent of U.S. workers (even more among middle-aged workers) are providing care for older adults, and half of the current workforce expects to be providing eldercare in the near future
The fact is, we are all getting older and family caregivers are a large and integral part of the workforce. By taking proactive steps now, employers can frame a mutually beneficial future.
This new report examines what’s changed over the past five years and describes what “promising practices” look like today — based on in-depth interviews with 14 organizations, including six of the 18 participants profiled in the 2012 report. The case studies include examples from both the for-profit and nonprofit worlds, and both very large employers (>200,000 workers) as well as very small ones (<200).
The good news: There appears to be greater recognition that caregiving takes many forms, that culture matters, and that offering employees flexibility at work so they can manage their responsibilities outside work is an important competitive advantage in recruiting and retaining top talent. Another very positive trend is the increasing number of companies offering paid and/or unpaid leave for caregiving above and beyond the FMLA requirements.
The not-so-good news: Change is coming more slowly than we would have predicted back in 2012. Our conversations with companies and AARP’s research suggest that interest in supporting working caregivers is increasing. But employers want help finding options that are affordable and easy to implement.
This report was prepared by the ReACT Coalition and made possible thanks to the generous support of AARP.
פברואר 2017. פייסבוק מרחיבה את חבילת ההטבות שלה לעובדים המטפלים בקרוב חולה או מזדקן ולעובדים בתקופת אבל
“People should be able both to work and be there for their families. No one should ace this trade-off. We need public policies that make it easier for people to care for their children and aging parents and for families to mourn and heal after loss. Making it easier for more Americans to be the workers and family members they want to be will make our economy and country stronger. Companies that stand by the people who work for them do the right thing and the smart thing – it helps them serve their mission, live their values, and improve their bottom line by increasing the loyalty and performance of their workforce. “
אפריל 2017. ג’אסטין טרודו, ראש ממשלת קנדה, מכריז על הכרה בצרכים והקצאת תקציבים לתמיכה בבני משפחה מטפלים.
ג’אסטין טרודו – ראש ממשלת קנדה, בקריאה מרגשת לכל בני המשפחה המטפלים במדינתו – מספר על תקציבי הענק שהוקצו בתקציב השנתי לטובת הנושא. ללא ספק – מעורר השראה…מרגש! חשוב!! העולם צועד אל עבר עתיד בו בני המשפחה המטפלים הוא נושא שמקבל הכרה ממשלתית בינלאומית.