• Invisible Overtime: What Employers Need to Know About Caregivers

      Lerner, Debra J., 1954-  (Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregivers, 2022-01)
      At some point in our lives, many of us will become family caregivers, assisting a loved one who needs help as a result of illness, disability or aging. While caregiving can be extremely rewarding, it frequently results in high levels of physical, emotional, and financial strain. These stressors threaten the health and well-being of the caregivers and their sustained ability to assist their loved ones. Most family caregivers are also employed, and there is increasing concern about the impact of juggling caregiving and work on the caregivers themselves, their families, and the workplace. These working caregivers, whom we will refer to as Caregiver Employees (CEs) are our coworkers, managers, corporate executives, business owners, clients and customers. They hail from all industries and all geographic areas. When they are not working at a paying job, family caregivers are spending hours providing assistance for their care recipient and, in many cases, they are unable to hire additional help. Employers are in a race to attract and retain the best talent and the growing presence of caregivers in the workplace represents both a threat to their success and an opportunity. This white paper provides an update on the relevant research to help employers and policymakers understand: Why we need to understand more about caregivers and caregiving; How the private and public sectors are responding to caregiving trends; and The costs and benefits associated with different interventions for caregivers. Based on a review of the peer-reviewed and grey (not peer-reviewed) research, this white paper reports on the characteristics of CEs, the impact of caregiving on employment, and the policies, programs and resources for supporting CEs.