- Over 2.8 million Canadians currently provide care and support for an adult family member or friend.
- 70% of the 60,000+ family caregivers in the CRD are trying to balance the demands of caregiving and employment.
The increasing pressures on these employees can directly impact the workplace through: higher absenteeism rates and lateness, lower productivity, employees forgoing additional training and promotion, higher rates of employee turnover due to job termination and early retirement. Employers today realize that having a flexible workplace is a critical component in recruitment and retention of good employees.
Below are some articles and reports that will provide employers and human resource professionals with valuable information for supporting family caregivers in their workplace.
Toolkit for Employers: Resources for Supporting Family Caregivers in the Workplace by Family Caregivers Society of BC, 2013
When Work and Caregiving Collide: How Employers Can Support Their Employees Who Are Caregivers by Employment and Social Development Canada, 2015 (www.esdc.gc.ca). Click here for a PDF of the report.
A Systematic Review of the Literature on Combining Work and Eldercare in Canada (PDF)
Lero and Joseph, University of Guelph and Homewood, September, 2007
Corporate Eldercare Programs, Their Impact, Effectiveness and Implications for Employers (PDF)
National Alliance for Caregiving and Center for Productive Aging, Towson University, LifeCare Inc., 2008
Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety, http://www.ccohs.ca/oshanswers/psychosocial/worklife_balance.html