Work-life Programs and Resources
It’s About How You LIVE At Work
Are you an employer who has employees who:
- Are caring for a loved one who is elderly or ill?
- Have recently experienced the death of a loved one or co-worker?
Life changing events happen to employees and can affect their efficiency or ability to show up to work. The most stressful of these situations involve end-of-life issues such as a life-limiting illnesses or death.
So why should an organization care about end-of-life issues in the workplace?
- Nearly 60% of those caring for someone 50 or older are working, 48% are full-time employees and 11% work part-time (MetLife/NAC, 2006, AARP/NAC 2004)
- Absenteeism is the most frequently reported eldercare issue
- Businesses in the U.S. lose from $17.1 billion to $33.6 billion per year in productivity for full-time employees with care-giving responsibilities
- Developing policies, procedures and support for employees with end-of life situations is not only the "right" thing to do, it is financially wise
An organization can make simple changes to become more supportive of employees with end-of-life issues. Cedar Valley Hospice can help you plan and develop your work-life programs. Some of your goals should include:
- Making resources readily available for employees to access helpful information and services regarding end-of-life needs
- Providing supervisors with the tools to support workers who are dealing with end-of-life issues
- Creating an environment where all staff are aware of the resources and programs available, increasing the likelihood that co-workers will provide peer support
By making some simple, but important enhancements you can improve employee morale, retention and productivity.
How Cedar Valley Hospice Can Help
Through our Caring Connections program we can provide presentations, lunch-n-learns or reading material and training for your staff, at no cost to your business. Each program is customized to your needs. For more information, contact Jennifer Siech at (319) 272-2002 or firstname.lastname@example.org.