Engaging Today’s Workforce: Supporting Caregiving Employees

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How Employers Can Support Caregiving Employees Amid a Changing Workplace Landscape

By Dan Iskra, Assistant Vice President, Group Disability and Absence Product Development and Management, MetLife

Employers face a fundamentally different workplace landscape nearly three years after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, along with a growing number of employees who are seeking more meaningful work, starting their own businesses, and prioritizing personal commitments over their careers. This may be especially true for employees who are also caregivers, who have been in overdrive trying to balance personal commitments and caregiving responsibilities along with professional duties.

A recent study confirms that today’s workers expect employers to recognize the importance of their lives outside business hours more than they did in the past.1 For working caregivers, this could include their ability to use paid and unpaid leave offerings to look after family members or others.

Working caregivers have divergent priorities compared with other employees. Consider these suggestions to help employees who are caregivers balance their personal and professional lives, as well as their own well-being:

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