Daughters in the workplace
Female caregivers experience stigma from employers
Statistics Canada research shows that women are almost twice as likely as their male counterparts to spend 20 or more hours per week on caregiving tasks, and many women are part of the “sandwich generation,” caring for an aging parent or relative while also caring for their own children.
According to new research by Home Instead Senior Care, one in four working daughters experience workplace stigma associated with being a caregiver for an aging parent, and 23 per cent say that their supervisor is unsympathetic.
In effort to promote discussion about how working family caregivers can be better supported in the workplace, the Home Instead Senior Care franchise serving P.E.I. has launched a new public education program, Daughters in the Workplace. Available at DaughtersintheWorkplace.ca, the program includes conversation starters and health tips for caregiving employees, as well as communication tips for employers and warning signs caregiving employees need support.
“All too often we see working caregivers feel that they have to make a choice between work and their aging loved one,” said David McMillan of the P.E.I. Home Instead Senior Care offices.
“They are often unaware of what resources are available and how to navigate those conversations with their employer. That is why Home Instead is committed to not only empowering family caregivers with the knowledge of the help that is available to them, but also bringing awareness to employers on the importance of creating a supportive workplace environment for caregiving employees.”
DaughtersintheWorkplace.ca includes conversation starters and health tips for caregiving employees, as well as communication tips for employers and signs caregiving employees need support. Additionally, the website includes an interactive quiz in which caregivers can equip themselves with the knowledge of the protected family leave rights that may be available to them.
“The hope is that by highlighting the struggles that family caregivers experience, and providing them with solutions and tips they can implement in their home and work lives, we can help ensure they are happy and healthy in their work lives while also being able to provide their loved ones with the care they need,” said McMillan.