Tech Companies Edge Into Caregiving Space
Employee Benefits News speaks to HR leaders and Benefits Specialists around the world on why it doesn’t matter what your workforce looks like, you have employee caregivers who need help. This article discusses the impact of caregiving in the workplace, contains real life statistics on employee caregivers, and provides Business and HR leaders with solutions to help solve this epidemic.
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Adin Bailey — well-being program manager at Brinker International, a casual dining restaurant company that manages popular chains including Chili’s and Maggiano’s — knows better than anyone how important it is for employees to be engaged at work.
Bailey assists about 600 workers at the company’s restaurant support center in Dallas, which backs Brinker dining establishments across the country.
The work is demanding and, like most jobs, only gets more stressful when employees are bogged down by issues at home — a dilemma for employee caregivers, who may be responsible for supporting a sick parent, child or disabled relative. This is a common problem for the company, Bailey says, and one for which they were looking for a solution.
“A lot of the stories we hear are about taking care of parents,” she says. “[Our employees] have elderly parents and they don’t know how to navigate that. They take care of them on their own, and they don’t necessarily know all the ins and outs.”
Enter Cariloop, a caregiving support platform that Brinker began offering to its workers in 2016. Platforms like Cariloop are intended to help the ballooning number of employee caregivers in the nation, and work with employers to help these workers ease some of their stress by helping them manage care.
The number of caregivers is soaring: About 40 million American adults provide unpaid care for a child or adult each year, according to a 2015 report from AARP’s Public Policy Institute. On average, these individuals spend 24.4 hours per week providing care and more than half say they work full time, AARP reports. This places a heavy burden on workers who often find themselves stretched thin between work and family responsibilities.
For Brinker, the Cariloop app helps caregiving employees “kind of get their mind off [those personal issues] throughout the day so they can focus on work,” Bailey says. “Not because we don’t want them doing that during the day, but because we know that can be difficult and we want to support them so they’re not feeling like they have to struggle with that alone.”
Click here to read the full article. Originally posted by EBN on January 15, 2019. Written by Caroline Hroncich.
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