In Focus: Family Care-Giving Is Workplace Issue

Lack of benefits, flexibility for employees who are care givers impacts recruitment, retention, engagement

By Kathy Gurchiek September 22, 2015

A Toxic Work World

The workplace still is designed for “Leave It to Beaver” families, in which one partner is the wage-earner and the other partner does all the work of caring for the family’s children and family members who are seniors, disabled or ill. Our families and our responsibilities don’t look like that anymore, but our workplaces do not fit the realities of our lives.
(The New York Times)

Millennials Would Switch Jobs for Family Benefits

The generous paid family leave recently announced by big-name high-tech firms may represent the gold standard of family benefits, but all employers should consider stepping up their game in light of new findings showing that better family benefits can improve employees’ productivity. It also can dissuade them from switching jobs.
(SHRM Online)

Helping Employees Deal with Elder Care

A growing number of workers are taking care of aging parents. Companies must recognize that family caregiving is a workplace issue and provide an environment where it’s safe for an employee to talk about it without fear of retaliation.
(SHRM Online)

Accenture to Allow New Parents to Travel Less for Job

Consultants will be able to work locally during the year after they return from parental leave.
(Wall Street Journal)

SHRM 2015 Employee Benefits Report

Check out Leave benefits (Table E) and Family-Friendly benefits (Table F).
(SHRM Online)

Time Offered for Unpaid Caregiving Leave Declines

The amount of time offered for all types of unpaid caregiving leave except for maternity leave has declined since 2012, according to the 2014 National Study of Employers issued by the Families and Work Institute, the Society for Human Resource Management and When Work Works.
(SHRM Online)

Kathy Gurchiek is the associate editor at HR News. Follow her @SHRMwriter.


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