Houston-area employees overcome crummy traffic conditions, bad-weather delays, elementary school carpool lines, leaky dishwashers, and cranky pets during their rush to make it to the office on time each morning.
About 20 percent of our workforce is dealing with a caregiving situation and family caregiving responsibilities can negatively affect workplace morale, job productivity, and employer costs.
Some studies estimate that interruptions from family caregiving demands translate to an annual loss of $33.6 billion for American businesses.
Eldercare, or “The Silent Productivity Killer”, leads to losses in productivity that arise from:
- Workday interruptions
- Replacement of employees
- Inattentiveness to work
- Unpaid leave
- Employees stepping down from full-time to part-time employment
How does the typical employee balance work and family?
40 percent of employed caregivers take 17 days of unpaid leave per year to care for a senior family member*.
53 percent of family caregivers say caregiving is taking a toll on their job**.
62 percent of working family caregivers say they make some sort of workplace accommodation***.
Sources: * Informal Caregivers of Disabled Elders with Long-Term Care Insurance, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services ** Home Instead Senior Care Survey *** 2010 MetLife Study of Working Caregivers and Employer Health Care Costs
What are some of our options?
Family caregivers may wish to develop a list of local resources such as adult day services, in-home care services for seniors, family caregiver support groups, and home delivered meals programs. An excellent starting location for developing a resource list is to visit the Houston-Harris County Area Agency on Aging.
If you have a solution to balancing work and family caregiving demands, please share your comments!