Employees want help with caregiving responsibilities
Data from a nationwide survey of employees gives us look at the extent to which working caregivers are struggling and the opportunity employers have to make a difference.
The Pandemic's Effect on Unpaid Caregivers
Providing care for a loved one facing health challenges is among the most rewarding sacrifices a person can make. However, these responsibilities often have a significant physical, mental, emotional, and financial toll on caregivers.
Our latest national survey highlights the opportunity employers have to support their caregiving employees and help bolster America's workforce.
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The Great Resignation is Upon Us
Prior to the pandemic, more than 50 million American served as a primary, unpaid caregiver for loved ones with illnesses, disabilities, and other special needs. An additional 3 million were forced to leave their jobs when COVID-19 closed care facilities.
Here is some of what we learned from speaking with employee caregivers:
Of caregivers feel too burned out by caregiving to do their job well
Said caregiving has had a negative impact on career progression.
Report not having time to focus on their job
Feel their employer could be doing more to support them as a caregiver
Had to take unpaid leave during the pandemic to care for a loved one
Of caregivers reported experiencing suicidal thoughts during the pandemic
Struggle with not having anyone to assist them with caring for their loved one
Are challenged with difficult family dynamics