One of every six employees in America is balancing work with a family caregiving responsibility. As our population ages and life expectancy lengthens, this number will increase significantly. As a nation, we are facing a caregiving cliff.
Employee caregivers span all job titles, ages, genders and ethnicities. In order to recruit and retain talented employees, employers must address the reality that many of their employees carry this extra burden.
Fortunately, employers have an opportunity to proactively address this looming issue in ways that benefit both their employees and their bottom lines. Implementing policies and programs that support caregiving employees can:
- enhance workplace loyalty,
- allow for recruitment and retention of talent,
- boost productivity, and even
- significantly increase company share prices.
AARP is here to help organizations take this important step toward creating a caregiving-friendly and increased-ROI workplace.