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Caregiving & Work

By: Donna S. Lero, Ph.D., University of Guelph & Nora Spinks, President of Work-Life Harmony Enterprises

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An aging population, a shrinking labour force, and limited resources and supports for family caregivers affect individuals and organizations across Canada. Employees caring for adults (disabled adult children, siblings, spouses, parents, grandparents, extended family members and friends) face considerable challenges fulfilling their multiple responsibilities, commitments and obligations at home and work.

More than one in four Canadian employees who are caregivers experience high levels of financial, physical and/or emotional stress that can affect their health, their effectiveness as a caregiver, and their labour force participation. Many caregivers quit their jobs, reduce their hours, experience high absenteeism and forfeit career ambitions and aspirations. Their income drops, their health suffers and their stress levels rise.

Discover how employers are supporting caregivers, reducing stress at home and work, addressing the multiple challenges associated with caregiving and work.