Reasons We Work with Employers!

by Kevin K. Johnson, CSA

Reasons we work with employers!

As I’ve noted in¬†prior postings, lost employee productivity is very expensive for employers; over $30 billion per year and growing!

Did you know that more than one in six American workers act as caregivers, according to the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index released in July 2011, and 24% of those caregivers say that providing care to an aging family member or relative keeps them from being able to work more. As the sandwich generation (those employees who care for young children as well as their aging parents) grows, employers might want to consider offering special-needs seminars as a benefit. Otherwise, they might be at risk of losing talented employees who simply can no longer manage the dual responsibilities of a full-time job and caregiving.

Anywhere from 18% to 23% of caregivers cut back their hours or leave the workforce to provide care in a given year.

Additionally, 22% of caregivers report being exhausted when they go to bed at night, according to the Center on Aging Society. Caregivers also are less healthy than non-caregivers (see our May 19, 2011 blog post): They are 49% more likely to have been diagnosed with depression, while adult caregivers younger than 30 are 63% more likely to have high blood pressure and 61% are more likely to have recurring neck or back pain.

We enjoy working with employers to provide education that addresses these issues. We greatly appreciate working with our partner company’s to assist them in managing this growing issue.

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