More than ever before, U.S. employees find themselves balancing both work and caregiving responsibilities. In fact, researchers at Harvard Business School published findings in 2019 suggesting that as many as 73% of U.S. workers have caregiver responsibilities. DMEC partnered with The Standard to explore current employer approaches that support employee caregivers. With 300 responses, this pulse survey took a look at whether employers understand the strain caregiving responsibilities are putting on their employees, and what services are being offered to employee caregivers.
For the purposes of this survey, a family caregiver is anyone who devotes time tending to the needs of family members who are unable to look after themselves. Caregiving may include child or elder care as well as tending to loved ones with a range of health conditions, both physical and behavioral in nature. This definition does not include postbirth/placement bonding, unless the child has an illness or disability.