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02

Mar
2017

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By Ron Greenwald

Starting the Conversation: Why You Need to have a Strategic Plan for Managing Caregiving Employees

On 02, Mar 2017 | No Comments | In Blog | By Ron Greenwald

A growing percentage of the population is providing care for a family member. So, most employers will face a situation where they are making adjustments to the schedule of a caregiving employee. Whether your employee is a full-time caregiver or just offering part-time support, it is essential that you maintain open communication with that individual.

As an employer, there is a fine balance between managing work priorities and also supporting the needs of your employees. The most common problems usually stem from a lack of communication. If you are focusing on retention and employee satisfaction, then you need to make sure that you are discussing scheduling needs with your employee.

Finding a Win-Win Situation

Just because an employee needs time off to care for a family member, doesn’t mean that their performance at work has to suffer. Have an open conversation to discuss the business goals and find a way to work with the employee’s preferences as well.

For example, you might offer to have the employee take Paid Time Off in hourly increments instead of requiring a full day of PTO use. Then, the employee can choose to tap into their vacation time if they need to leave early to care for their family member. Another option is to offer a flex schedule, allowing four 10-hour shifts or a different solution to meet their needs.

Putting Together a Plan

If you have a caregiving employee, then you need to put together a plan in advance. Don’t wait until the employee is turning in their notice of resignation because they can’t handle the responsibilities. Instead, talk to the person regularly to see how things are going and see what can be done to find a solution that works for everyone.

Write out the plan and provide a copy to each person involved in the meeting. Written agreements will ensure that all parties share the same understanding, helping you to avoid miscommunication later on.

Here at Greenwald &Gerke Realtors, we know how important it is to support caregivers and aging adults. We specialize in real estate services for these people. Contact our team to learn more about the services that are available: (844) 782-9674

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19

Jan
2017

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By Ron Greenwald

Time Off Work: Helping Caregiving Employees to Maximize Their Schedule

On 19, Jan 2017 | No Comments | In Blog | By Ron Greenwald

Many managers and Human Resources professionals try hard to understand the difficulties that are faced by caregiving employees.  When HR’s hands may be tied by their Company’s policies and employees have limited days that they can be away from the office and still get paid, then it is common for the employee to use their personal days when they need to be home with a family member in need.

Employee satisfaction is essential to the success of any organization.  Is your company moving to flexible time-off policies in an attempt to accommodate the personal needs of each employee?  By helping employees find the balance between work and home, it is common for companies to see an increase in productivity and revenue.

Providing Options for Your Employees

The best thing that you can do is provide options to help your employees work around their schedules at home. For example, you might consider offering flex-time that can be used instead of paid time off. If an employee needs to adjust their hours to care for a family member at home, then they can shorten their work day and make up the hours on another day.

Another option that could be offered is flexibility with the use of Paid Time Off. Instead of requiring employees to use a full day of PTO, give them the option to use it in half-day or hourly increments.

Offering Work-from-Home Opportunities

We live in a digital world, making it easier than ever for employees to work from home. Are you in a business that allows some of the work duties to be completed online? Then you might offer the opportunity for a caregiving employee to work from home for a portion of their work hours. This situation decreases the back-and-forth driving from home to the office, allowing the person to dedicate more time to their family member and work projects.

When employees can balance their schedule, then they won’t be spending time at work worried about the things that are going on at home. As a result, they are better prepared to fully dedicate their thoughts and efforts to the work projects, which helps to boost productivity each day.

At Greenwald &Gerke Realtors, we understand the importance of creating the right lifestyle for mature adults and their family members. If you need support in choosing the right living situation, then we invite you to learn more about our services: (844) 782-9674

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10

Oct
2016

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By Ron Greenwald

Dear Human Resource Manager – I have Two Jobs – I am a Caregiver Too!

On 10, Oct 2016 | No Comments | In Blog | By Ron Greenwald

It is estimated that 1 in 6 employees in the United States are caregivers for a family member. How productive is an employee when they are in the office worrying about their loved one at home who needs caregiving support? Many caregivers in this situation find themselves caught in the middle of offering care to their family and keeping up with their work responsibilities at the same time.  An emotional roller coaster of guilt and economics.  It is now essential that HR departments maintain good communication with employees who are juggling their home and work responsibilities.

How Can Managers Help?

As a manager or Human Resources specialist, it is important that your role is clearly defined.  By offering the employee support to help find balance between their work schedule and care giving responsibilities at home, the result will be both a more productive employee and a better caregiver.

To start, it is essential to have an empowering and positive conversation with the employee to understand the issues they are facing. This communication is beneficial to create a non-threatening environment where employees are comfortable talking with management about their concerns. In many situations, the employer may not aware of the situation which causes a high level of stress on part of the employee.

Offering Support Services

Begin to implement programs to support the needs of the employees. Small adjustments to work schedules or flex time can make a big difference to provide the person with the support needed to care for their family member at home.  Support the employee by providing respite opportunity through the various non-profit organizations in your community.  Provide opportunities through educational workshops and one-on-one meetings with licensed social workers who can guide and assist both employer and employee through a very difficult time that has no end period.

Keep in mind that caregiving is becoming the new normal. If you aren’t already working with a caregiving employee, then it is inevitable that it will happen soon. By demonstrating flexibility in the workplace, and providing educational, respite, and counseling opportunity, you can improve employee satisfaction and increase retention.

Here at Greenwald &Gerke Realtors, we want to support mature adults and their families. We know that it is essential to have the right living environment during retirement, and we can offer the real estate support that is needed. Contact our team of experienced real estate professionals to learn more about the services that are offered: (844) 782-9674

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