Caregiving impacts your employees–even those you may not think struggle with this responsibility. Here are 3 myths workplaces perpetuate about caregivers who also have jobs:
- Only older employees juggle both caregiving and work.
AARP (American Association of Retired Persons) reports that 25% of all American caregivers are currently Millennials (age approximately 21-35). The challenges of balancing work and caregiving effect the health and well-being of employees who are Millennials, Generation X, Baby Boomers and older.
- Caregiving impacts your employees who are female only.
While overall more women are caregivers, Millennial caregivers are split more evenly by gender. So particularly male-dominated industries with employees under 40 should plan how to adequately prepare for this generational shift in the workplace.
- Primarily caregiving impacts your employees who have elderly parents.
While many working caregivers manage the needs of their elderly parents, many other working caregivers support loved ones like aunts, uncles, grandparents and close friends. Further, spouses and adult children struggling with physical, cognitive and mental health disabilities also rely on care from your employees.
Don’t think caregiving impacts your employees? Think again. According to AARP, more than 40% of American employees have been a caregiver in the last five years and nearly 50% expect to be in the near future. How can you anticipate and accommodate the needs of working caregivers so productivity and profitability remain intact? For help in boosting profitability and profits while accommodating working caregivers, please check out: http://www.jenerationshealth.com/workplace-productivity-programs-to-improve-morale-and-increase-workplace-productivity.shtml.