Career and Workplace Pressures

Written by Kevin K. Johnson, CSA

I recently came across an interesting set of data and was reminded that we care for seniors that are not only immediate family, but also in-laws, step-parents, and even extended family members. According to Genworth Financial, among those family members reporting adverse affects of the long-term care event on their careers, data show that:

  Immediate Family Step/
In-Law
Extended Family  
 
                   
Had to work fewer hours 44% 39% 32%  
Lost a job, changed shifts/missed career opportunities 49% 36% 48%  
Had repeated absences from work 40% 32% 32%  
Were repeatedly late for work 19% 7% 8%  

Regardless of the relationship of the senior to the employee, the impact on the employee’s career is significant. Employers have to be progressive to have solutions in place that assist their employees and minimize this trend and the inevitable negative effect on work productivity.

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About Caring Concierge
Caring Concierge is a risk management company providing employers throughout northeast Ohio with solutions to address business productivity loss caused by employee lost time hours resulting from the crisis of adult caregiving. The Caring Concierge model provides these solutions at no cost to employers. One motivating issue that inspired the creation of Caring Concierge is the personal challenges I've faced juggling work and trying to manage eldercare issues associated with the care and well-being of my elder parents. My efforts in the eldercare issues also extend to volunteer service. I proudly serve as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Fairhill Partners (www.fairhilpartners.org), in Cleveland, OH., a non-profit organization focused on lifelong learning, intergenerational relationships, and successful aging. In addition to academic degrees in Mechanical Engineering (undergraduate) and Business Management (graduate), I have earned the professional designation of Certified Senior Advisor.

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