Life is stressful, even without working two jobs. Imagine juggling the responsibilities of working outside the home while caring for an elderly loved one at home. Now, imagine if your company did not make any accommodations for you to feel like you could do both jobs to the best of your abilities. This is a far more common situation than people realize.
A study recently done by the National Alliance for Caregiving revealed that 70 percent of employees with caregiving roles needed to take days off due to caregiving duties, and 64 percent arrived at work late or left early. It’s not that people don’t want to do a good job at work. It’s that they don’t always have the support, flexibility, and access to resources they need.
There are ways companies can ease the stress on their employees. In this Forbes article, caregiving advocate Maria Shriver details how caregivers can successfully handle dual roles when they receive the support they need from their employers. A “culture of care” can result in employees who are more loyal, dedicated, and focused. It’s a win-win for everyone.