Care for a loved one or return to work?
What to do when employers demand you come back to the office
Hello Keeping It REAL Caregiving fam!
As you know if you follow any kind of news, the Covid-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on the professional work landscape.
During the height of the pandemic many workers settled into a work-from-home pattern. But that option is beginning to erode for many work sectors, as employers want staff back in the office. What will our work futures look like long term?
For anyone who was or is a family caregiver, the ability to work from home likely provided a safe-haven to be able to keep your job while also safely and properly caring for a loved one.
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Mother to my mother: Caregiving lessons learned
But what happens when your employer announces it is time to return to the office? No, not announces - but rather - demands?
KIRC would like to share this article penned by a fellow journalist. We connected after both being involved with the Association of Health Care Journalists conference in St. Louis, Missouri earlier this year.
Below is an excerpt from an excellent piece that reminds us - juggling the demands of caring for our loved ones impacts most EVERY aspect of our lives.
Remote Work: An Underestimated Benefit for Family Caregivers
By: Joanne Kenen
…After her stepmother died, Beltré moved her father into her home in Fort Myers, Florida, in 2016. His needs have multiplied, and she’s been juggling, juggling, juggling. She’s exhausted and, now, unemployed.
She’s also not alone. About one-fifth of U.S. workers are family caregivers, and nearly a third have quit a job because of their caregiving responsibilities, according to a report from the Rosalynn Carter Institute. Others cut back their hours. The Rand Corp. has estimated that caregivers lose half a trillion dollars in family income each year — an amount that’s almost certainly gone up since the report was released nearly a decade ago….
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