Employee Experiencing Caregiving Issues—What are the Signs?

Written by Kevin K. Johnson, CSA

In previous posts, I’ve discussed the fact that employers are most often unaware that their employees are experiencing significant job productivity related issues associated with the care of their senior loved ones. Also, the fact that employer awareness often will not occur until projects are behind schedule, mistakes are being made, or employees are directly inquiring to change their work arrangements to part-time, or work-at-home, or requesting a leave-of-absence.

Employees (people in general) tend to be very private about these issues and try to address the crisis themselves. Unfortunately, this is what causes the significant disruption on the job.

When talking to employers one question that often comes up is, how can we better determine if an employee is experiencing signficant eldercare issues? Here are just a few of the signs your managers might watch for.

On a continual basis normally reliable employees:

  1. Begin arriving to work late and/or leaving early on a recurring basis
  2. Begin using their allotment of vacation time without prior notification
  3. Begin using their sick time and other paid time off (PTO) indiscriminately
  4. Begin to show signs of  depression or fatigue
  5. Begin to have problems working with teams

Be on the alert and head off this issue. Strongly consider putting in place solutions that enable your employees to act quickly and decisively should the need for senior caregiving suddenly appear. That’s the best approach to limiting lost productivity resulting from this growing workplace  issue.

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