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Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things. Paul Drucker
The emotional and financial stress of caregiving affects every segment of our society. Caregiving touches every industry with an untold effect on the financial, physical and mental health of the family caregiver. Caregivers face and uphill latter to overcome fatigue, burnout, stress and financial ruin. I know, I’ve been there!
Assessing the long-term financial impact of caregiving will play a role in shaping local, state and federal policies. Just recently, (May 2017) the House or Representative passed H.R. 1180, know as the Working Families Flexibility Act. According to the National Law Review, the bill proposes to amend the Fair Labor Standard Act (FLSA), will allow employees to “bank” comp time for future use. At least from my point of view, it appears that this Bill falls short of addressing the needs of working family caregivers and their employers.
The financial impact of Caregiving is not limited to the caregiver, the employers is also affected. Creating an awareness to the critical issues family caregivers face on a daily basis will help the employer and caregiving employee find solutions that have a positive impact in the work place. Smart employers adopt innovated ways to keep productivity high and help everyone become successful not matter what life throws at their staff.
Employers and their employee caregivers face significant challenges balancing work with caring for a loved one. On Wednesday August 30th, Impact Broward is taking the bold step to brings the issues facing working family caregivers and their employers to the forefront in Broward County, Florida with the Work/Life Caregiving Symposium hosted at the Urban League of Broward County in Fort Lauderdale.
At the symposium you’ll hear:
- Hear first-hand accounts of the impacts of caregiving,
- Learn how flexible HR policies can lead to increased employee retention, improved productivity, and shareholder gains, and
- Discuss public policies that help caregivers and employers thrive.
Keep your eye on The Purple Jacket for more information on the Caregiving Symposium, the development of the Caregiving Coalition of Broward County and our new website The Whole Care Network!
For information on how you can participate in the Work/Life Symposium visit Impact Broward by clicking here!
When we create a collective impact on a social issue that impacts all segments of society, we build stronger communities locally and nation-wide.
Christopher MacLellan, has a Masters degree in Communication and Leadership from Gonzaga University, the author of “What’s The Deal with Caregiving”, and a Certified Senior Advisor. To learn more about Chris, simply click here!