Category Archives: Career

Hope for Working Caregivers: More Employee Benefits

“Elder care is a lot like being a parent in some respects but without the joy.” So said Janet James, a working daughter, in a Washington Post article titled, “Aging population prompts more employers to offer elder-care benefits to workers.” While James’ comment is sobering, the article is hopeful and outlines a number of companies that are addressing the […]

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Why Caregivers Should Lean In

Many women tell me that Sheryl Sandberg’s book Lean In is not applicable to them. “I’m not interested in building a high-powered career, I am interested in building a well-rounded life,” they say. That’s exactly why they should lean in at work. We know that female caregivers often suffer career, and therefore, financial, setbacks due to caregiving. According to The National Alliance […]

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Caregivers, If You Want Flexibility at Work, Do This

In the past six months, I have needed more flexibility from work than any other point in my career. Between both of my parents getting sick and moving to senior housing, and my two children joining more school activities and sports, I’ve had to reduce my hours, shift my schedule, and find ways to get my work done […]

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5 Essential Items for Working Caregivers

If you’re juggling a job and caregiving, you need to be prepared for anything,     anytime – working in between doctor’s appointments, sleeping in the ER, and caring for yourself no matter how hectic your day gets.Keep these 5 essential items handy at all times. 1. A laptop and mobile hotspot Caregiving involves a lot of […]

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A Message for Managers: 3 Ways to Support Caregivers at Work

We talk so much about the impact parenting has on workers and yet parents can affect a career too. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are 39.6 million people providing eldercare in the U.S., and the majority of them are women. The average caregiver is female, married, late 40s, with a living parent or parents […]

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