shoulder of woman at laptop chatting with elderly man While one in three employees have kids at home, 40% of the workforce provides care for aging parents, missing 7 hours of work each week on average. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Juggling caregiving and work is a balancing act that families have struggled with throughout time. While technology has made work more accessible, and more jobs can be done remotely with a flexible schedule, it really hasn’t changed how families care for each other. The result is that too many families are forced to choose between care for their loved ones and earning a living. Those employers able to bridge the care gap for their employees families create a sustainable competitive advantage that will allow them to attract and retain the best talent so they can truly own the market. It is a bridge that establishes a win for both employers and employees in a myriad of ways.

Flexible work schedules allow employees to arrive in the office or join a Zoom call at times that work around their care recipients schedule when necessary. For example, as schools partially open and close, employers need to accommodate shifting school schedules such as pick up and drop off days and times. According to the New York Times, nearly one-third of employees are working with children at home so a more flexible schedule means that work and life can be coordinated and balanced in a way to creates less stress for the employee.

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