Recent Gallup research sponsored by Pfizer/ReACT (Respect a Caregivers Time) found that caregivers miss an average of 6.6 days of work every year because of their responsibilities. The cost of lost productivity due to absenteeism among the full-time working caregivers is more than $25 billion annually, a figure that rises to $28 billion when you include the part-time workers.
Who are these people? Take a look.
But Gallup did analyze the the options that employers can provide to see which helped reduce absenteeism. The four top benefits were:
- Counselors to discuss options for assisted living and nursing homes.
- Access to networks of support groups.
- Employee Assistance Programs to discuss emotional distress.
- Health counselors to answer questions about the person being cared for.
Why should you care? If you work with more than six people, you likely work with a caregiver. It would be better for you if they has enough support that they could concentrate on doing a good job.