How to Tell if You're a Caregiver
Family caregivers now encompass more than one in five Americans, so there is a
high chance that you or someone you know is a family caregiver. People often
transition to caregivers gradually when a change occurs in their family. It could be
the birth of a new child, old age, or when a spouse becomes ill. It could be an issue
related to neurodiversity or addiction, which means someone needs care.
In this eBook, we will look at common signs that indicate you are a caregiver, and
the ways caregiving roles evolve. We will also look at issues on sustaining a career
while caregiving, plus how employers and other organizations can help. Caregiving
is often associated with stress and disorders such as anxiety, depression, and
social isolation. This book intends to provide detailed information and support for
employees and employers so they can feel better equipped to deal with the
pressures they face while caring for a loved one.
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Caregiving Misconceptions in the Workplace
According to a report titled The Caring Company published by Harvard Business School, three out of four U.S. workers have caregiving responsibilities.
In the study over 80% of employees with caregiving responsibilities admitted that caregiving affected their productivity— specifically, their ability to perform their best at work:
- All the time = 33%
- Most of the time = 14%
- 36% = Sometimes
In contrast, just 24% of employers think caregiving affects worker performance. Harvard Business School Professor Joseph Fuller’s research found company leaders hugely underestimate the number of caregivers in their workforce.
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