The best HR departments today are those that not only look after the engagement and productivity of their employees, but also keep one eye on corporate health and wellness. Monitoring people’s health is difficult enough already, but what makes it even more challenging is that the employees themselves aren’t the only concern. Many of today’s employees are looking after their own health and that of someone else.
Everywhere you look in today’s workforce, there are caregivers. According to Ceridian’s research, about 22.7 million Americans today work as caregivers in addition to handling their job responsibilities. In addition, studies have shown that those who try to balance work with caregiving tend to struggle with stress, fatigue and a number of other health risks.
Ceridian has researched this problem extensively. The 2015 edition of the company’s “Caregiving Research Study” contains a great many findings on working caregivers and the difficulties they present for their employers. The takeaway is clear – companies need to do a better job of recognizing, supporting and accommodating these individuals.
If employers don’t take action, they could face serious consequences. Missed workdays, lost revenues and tired, disengaged employees are all potential side effects. These factors can obviously have a negative effect on any company’s bottom line.
So what’s the nature of this problem, more specifically, and what can be done about it at the corporate level? That’s what we plan to discuss in an upcoming webinar. In “Overburdened: The Caregiver Crisis in the Workplace,” two Ceridian executives will discuss the issue in depth. Christine Adoni, vice president of account management, and Estelle Morrison, vice president of clinical and wellness services, will explore employee caregiving on Thursday, June 25, from 1 to 2 p.m. Eastern.
Here’s a quick sampling of what you might learn:
The characteristics of the typical caregiver
It’s important to take a minute to better understand the individuals tasked with taking care of friends and family members today. Who are they, typically? What are their jobs? What types of caretaking responsibilities do they handle? What are the biggest hurdles they’re facing, both in their careers and their family lives? Companies should try harder to learn the challenges their employees deal with.
The impact of caregiving responsibilities
How does the burden of caregiving affect everyone involved? There are numerous angles to consider. What’s the impact on the individual, who’s forced to juggle work and home life on a daily basis? What about the workplace – how do teams adjust when one of their co-workers has so much on their plate? Also, what’s the long-term effect on the company bottom line?
How employers can help
Once employers have a better understanding of the problem, they can begin to address it. How can companies provide more support and resources for their caregiving employees? This should be done through a combination of good communication, accommodating managerial strategies and the support of employee assistance programs. With a little help from all of the above, caregivers and their employers can overcome the challenges before them.
Register now for the webcast, hosted by HR.com: Overburdened: The Caregiver Crisis in the Workplace.