Category Archives: Career

6 Surprisingly Simple Ways to Make Your Workplace More Caregiver-Friendly

No doubt, the American workplace could use a serious overhaul when it comes to accommodating the fact workers have lives outside of the job. The United States, after all, is the only country in the developed world without a national maternity leave policy and one of thirteen countries in the world that does not guarantee […]

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A Call to Include Eldercare in the Paid Leave Conversation

The frustrating news: too often conversations about the need for paid leave focus only on parenting and omit eldercare. The good news: The Family And Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act, sponsored by Rep. Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, legislation that would create a national family and medical leave insurance […]

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Working Caregivers Feel Unsupported, At Risk

While American workers face great pressures trying to balance work and care, employers are not offering the benefits these caregivers want. As a result, working caregivers often feel unsupported, and in many cases, at risk, at work, according to a new report from the Harvard Business School Project on Managing the Future of Work. The […]

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6 Workplace Habits Working Daughters Should Eliminate

Job security is a major concern for working daughters. We worry about the impact our caregiving responsibilities are having on our careers. We worry that our managers and coworkers think we are unreliable. We worry that our jobs are interfering with our ability to care. The stress can be palpable. To minimize both your concerns, […]

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7 Things To Do in January for a Successful 2019 at Work

January is a working woman’s back-to-school – a clean slate. Think new outfit, new office supplies, and better study – or work, habits. Use this month wisely to prepare for a successful year at work – no matter what curve balls life throws you in the coming months. Here are 7 things to do in […]

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7 Steps to Help You Plan for Life After Caregiving

Part two in our series on caregiving with intention. Does the idea of life after caregiving make your insides knot up? Is that because when you read those words your emotions feel like the little metal ball in a pinball machine bouncing from excitement to guilt to relief to sadness? It’s okay to admit all […]

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Daughterhood Helps On The Job Too

Last week, The Boston Globe interviewed five working mothers about, “how motherhood has helped them on the job,” as part of its Women & Power package. How I wish they would also highlight how daughterhood helps on the job too. The mothers featured in the article credited motherhood with on-the-job purpose, delegation skills, self-respect, open-mindedness, and […]

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Can You Caregiver-Proof Your Career?

Eldercare and career don’t always feel compatible, but millions of people work outside the home while also caring for an aging and or ill family member or friend. According to research, the majority of caregivers struggle at work as a result of their caregiving. Sixty percent report that they cut back their hours, change jobs or quit as a […]

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Why We Need More Bereavement Leave

My father died on a Friday. I made his funeral arrangements over the weekend and went to work on Monday. My company offers three days of bereavement leave for a family member. The funeral was planned for Wednesday, so I took that day off, of course, plus Tuesday and Thursday. Tuesday I took my daughter […]

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Report Highlights Challenges of Working Female Caregivers

A recent report from Home Instead Inc. highlights the challenges of working female caregivers of older adults. Women are twice as likely as men to spend more than 30 hours a week on caregiving. Women are more stressed than men are due to caregiving responsibilities. Gender-based pay inequity creates issues for female caregivers, as thirty-seven […]

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3 Steps To Take Now To Prepare You for Caregiving

A recent report from the medical journal JAMA Neurology highlights the fact that women represent nearly two-thirds of all elder care and states, “the best long-term care insurance in this country is a conscientious daughter.” That may be good news for older Americans who are lucky to have an adult child caring for them, but […]

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