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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
The holiday season is a fun time of year to spend with family and friends, and employees often feel the pull of things at home that can distract from work responsibilities. In today’s economic environment and social scenarios, there is no down time. Whether it is life and business planning for 2017, running around for holiday shopping, tying up all the loose ends prior to year end, or trying to understand all the paperwork forms and deadlines in front of you, it is essential that you are careful to respect the work-life balance of you and your employees.
Burnout is High at the End of the Year
Even though it is a time to celebrate, many people feel the burnout of extra social activities, financial stress, and longer work hours. When individuals are spread too thin between work and home, they might hit a burnout point during this busy season. If you have any employees that are caregivers, then the risk of burnout is even higher because they are spending their free time caring for a family member in need.
It is important to meet your business goals, but you also need to think about the individual employees. Instead of demanding certain hours or shifts, consider the advantage of talking with your team to find out what works best for their schedule. This conversation will help you identify a win-win situation for everyone on the team while meeting the business goals at the same time.
An open conversation makes it easier for employees to take personal responsibility for their part in meeting company goals. Also, this conversation might uncover complimentary preferences of different team members. For example, one employee might need a little more flexibility during the morning because of caregiving responsibilities, while another employee needs free time in the afternoon to be with their kids after school. When the conversation uncovers this information, then the work schedule can be adjusted to match the needs of each individual.
Home for the Holidays
At Greenwald &Gerke Realtors, our goal is to assist caregivers and the individuals receiving the care. Choosing the right living situation can relieve the stress and lighten the burden of the caregiver. Contact us to learn more about housing options that are available for people in this situation: (844) 782-9674