A Guide for Care­giv­ing and Em­ploy­ment

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The La­bor Mar­ket In­te­gra­tion Cen­ter (CIME) is launch­ing a Guide to Care­giv­ing and Em­ploy­ment for em­ploy­a­bil­ity in­ter­ven­tion staff. This guide was pro­duced thanks to the fi­nan­cial sup­port and the par­tic­i­pa­tion of L'APPUI Estrie for care­givers of se­niors.

The phys­i­cal, psy­cho­log­i­cal, and fi­nan­cial health of the many peo­ple who have to cope with their work life, their fam­ily life, and the re­spon­si­bil­i­ties they’ve as­sumed free of charge for rel­a­tives who are los­ing their au­ton­omy oc­cu­pies an im­por­tant place in the re­al­ity of the la­bor mar­ket. CIME has de­signed the guide to equip the teams ac­com­pa­ny­ing care­givers in the sit­u­a­tion of close sup­port in terms of job search and job re­ten­tion. Top­ics cov­ered in­clude care­giver needs, guilt, work-life bal­ance, com­pas­sion fa­tigue, tran­si­tion process, in­te­gra­tion and re­ten­tion, ac­com­mo­da­tion with em­ploy­ers, and trans­fer of skills.

This project is in line with CIME'S mis­sion of im­prov­ing the eco­nomic sit­u­a­tion of women, and of con­duct­ing re­search and de­vel­op­ment in so­cio-pro­fes­sional in­te­gra­tion. The Re­search and De­vel­op­ment com­po­nent of CIME aims to con­sol­i­date em­ploy­a­bil­ity ex­per­tise and equip the per­son­nel in­volved with the main em­ploy­a­bil­ity or­ga­ni­za­tions in Estrie, through stud­ies and re­search in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the com­mu­nity, just as the pub­li­ca­tion of this guide on at­ten­dant care and em­ploy­ment shows. Ac­cord­ing to Geneviève Col­lette, Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of CIME, In Que­bec, one in four adults is a care­giver, 58 per cent of whom are women, and there are 45,000 care­givers in Estrie alone. Work-study­fam­ily-care­giv­ing rec­on­cil­i­a­tion is es­sen­tial to pro­mote women's place in the la­bor mar­ket, she ex­plained.

CIME sup­ports women in their job search or job re­ten­tion, and also aims to pro­mote this in­te­gra­tion in a sys­temic ap­proach by rais­ing the aware­ness of em­ploy­ers and the ed­u­ca­tional com­mu­nity about the re­al­ity of women in the la­bor mar­ket. "In a con­text of la­bor scarcity, it is es­sen­tial for em­ploy­ers to con­sider the re­al­ity of care­givers and to in­te­grate work-study-fam­ily-care­giv­ing into the work­place," said Natalie Durocher, Project Man­ager at CIME. “In ad­di­tion to its full range of em­ploy­a­bil­ity ser­vices for women, whether for in­di­vid­ual or group in­ter­ven­tion, CIME also of­fers per­son­al­ized ser­vices to em­ploy­ers. In fact, our ex­pert ad­vi­sory ser­vices on women's in­te­gra­tion into the la­bor mar­ket, in a mix­ture of pay eq­uity and work-fam­ily-study-care­giver bal­ance are adapted to the re­al­ity of em­ploy­ers with re­ten­tion chal­lenges.

The Guide on Care­giv­ing and Em­ploy­ment is avail­able for down­load on the CIME web­site, at cime-em­ploi.com.

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