As the number of working caregivers continues to grow, understanding caregiving will help you bridge the gap between existing policies and the needs of your employees. Potential metrics for evaluating the effectiveness of caregiving policies include improvements in absenteeism, engagement, stress, and more.
Models for benefits and programs that support working caregivers fall roughly into three categories: flexibility and breaks, information & supports, and certain types of financial help. Employers can combine elements of these policies to form a comprehensive approach, or use them to augment what they already offer.
Case studies of how other organizations support their working caregivers can give you a starting point. This section profiles a wide array of the kinds of solutions in use right now, and offers tips on getting started, building on existing policies, or solidifying success.