The caregiver crisis: how employers can help

XpertHR, July 5, 2018
Robert Teachout

How many employees provide care for a child? For a parent? Grandparent? If you are an employer wondering which of your employees currently are or may soon become caregivers, the answer is simple: All of them.

“It’s not a question of if, but when,” Jeryn Laengrich, Chief Service Officer of Cariloop, told attendees at the Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM) Annual Conference and Exposition in Chicago, while discussing the findings of a white paper on caregivers in the workplace released jointly by Cariloop and Facebook.

According to the white paper, as caregiving affects more and more employees, it also has a negative impact on businesses that fail to address caregiving-related issues. Fortunately, it’s possible for employers to avert the problem by providing employees with the means to better handle caregiving challenges and reduce some of the stress and anxiety of trying to balance their work and caregiving responsibilities.