The Daughters in the WorkplaceSM public education program was created by Home Instead Senior Care® to bring attention to the special challenges faced by working family caregivers of older adults and to provide free resources to those caregivers and their employers.
“The message to working family caregivers is ‘you are not alone,’ “explained Home Instead Senior Care Chairman Paul Hogan in announcing the campaign at the Society for Human Resource Management 2017 Conference and Exposition in New Orleans.
“Each day, all across North America, franchise owners and their CAREGivers℠ see the strain that family caregiving is placing on individuals who are trying to do their best to work and care for aging loved ones. It’s a balancing act that often leaves employers and employees frustrated. Our hope is to encourage both to look for ways to make family caregiving a win-win in the workplace.”
In a survey of North American working family caregivers, conducted by Home Instead, Inc., franchisor of the Home Instead Senior Care network, the percentage of working family caregivers who reported being “very satisfied” with their company’s work-family policies never reached 50 percent. Caregivers gave the following top ratings to their employer’s family leave policy (38 percent), work/life balance (32 percent) and/or flexible schedule (44 percent). Additionally, 38 percent say they need more understanding, while 36 percent say they need new workplace policies. (26 percent say they need both.)
Home Instead Senior Care has developed the following Caregiver Friendly Business Practices to help guide employers through this process:
1. Empower employees to ask for what they need
2. Have a policy … to be flexible (and human) when needed
3. Have a back-up plan
4. Offer support
5. Respect caregiving needs
The resources on this website, with input and expertise from the Society for Human Resource Management (SRHM), Families and Work Institute and ReACT (Respect a Caregiver’s Time), are designed to help enhance conversations between employees and employers for the benefit of families everywhere.