One of the biggest challenges facing workplaces today is the increasing number of employees caring for a sick and/or older loved one. According to Gallup, 1 of every 6 employees is a caregiver. And it’s not just the older employees, as many people assume. According to AARP, about 25% of all caregivers are Millennials.
Many studies have suggested that stressed-out caregivers have more health & mental health problems as well as increased mortality rates. In response to this issue, savvy organizations, like Facebook, are offering paid leave to take care of sick loved ones. Employers win because they get to keep good employees, and they prevent resignations and premature retirement. Organizations may also be able to reduce insurance premiums. Further, organizations typically enjoy increased loyalty from the working caregiver employee who takes advantage of the policy.
FMLA (Family Medical Leave Act) requires most United States organizations to offer 12 weeks of unpaid leave to caregivers. But Facebook’s step in offering 6 weeks of paid leave demonstrates a sincere attempt to go the extra mile to support an employee going through a tough personal situation. Should your organization follow suit?
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Jennifer L. FitzPatrick – MSW, LCSW-C, CSP
The founder of Jenerations Health Education, Inc., Jennifer FitzPatrick has over 20 years’ experience in healthcare and gerontology. The author of Cruising Through Caregiving: Reducing The Stress of Caring For Your Loved One, she is also a gerontology instructor at Johns Hopkins University and an Education Consultant to the Alzheimer’s Association. She helps you reduce stress and increase productivity, morale and revenue. Jennifer and Cruising Through Caregiving have been featured in Forbes, U.S. News & World Report, The Huffington Post, Reader’s Digest, Univision and The Chicago Tribune. She has also appeared on ABC and Sirius XM.