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National Caregivers Day 2024: Supporting Working Caregivers

Tiffany Meehan (She/Her/Disabled), VP of Marketing
Originally published February 27, 2024
Posted in: Employers

For many, becoming a caregiver happens suddenly, without warning.

As we celebrate National Caregivers Day — celebrated every year on the third Friday in February — it’s crucial to acknowledge the multifaceted nature of caregiving, encompassing both the physical and administrative tasks that support the well-being of loved ones to the daily lives of those who care for them. 

In the workplace, recognizing the contributions of caregivers can significantly enhance productivity and employee satisfaction. 

Many employees find themselves juggling work with caregiving duties, whether it’s managing a teenager’s health crisis, navigating insurance paperwork for an aging parent, or coordinating medical care for a spouse. 

These responsibilities, often unnoticed, underscore the need for workplaces to adopt accommodations that acknowledge the needs of caregivers, thereby fostering an inclusive and supportive environment — and helping these workers stay productive

The economic and socio-economic implications of inadequate support are profound. 

The New York Times revealed how the lack of child and elder care options has forced many, particularly women, to alter or abandon their career paths, impacting both individual livelihoods and the broader economy. Addressing these challenges through personalized workplace solutions, like our workforce personalization product Retain, can empower caregivers to manage their responsibilities without fear of reprisal or misunderstanding.

Retain helps employers support their caregivers — and raises the productivity of their entire workforce. Learn how.

Beyond the workplace, the AARP underscores the community and familial role in supporting caregivers. On average, family caregivers dedicate 24 hours per week to caring for others — and this work can often leave people feeling unnoticed. 

Showing support and appreciation for caregivers in our lives makes a significant impact.

Simple gestures of appreciation, from sending a heartfelt thank you note to spending quality time, can make this work feel appreciated

Additionally, practical support like arranging for respite care, taking on caregiving tasks, or encouraging self-care can significantly alleviate the burdens caregivers carry.

Combining workplace accommodations with community and familial support creates a comprehensive support system for caregivers. It’s not just about enabling them to perform their duties but about recognizing and valuing their immense contribution to our lives and society. 

This National Caregivers Day, let’s recognize the ones in this role all around us. Whether by implementing supportive policies in our workplaces or by performing acts of kindness in our communities, we can make sure caregivers feel supported.

Let’s show the caregivers in our lives that their work is valued and appreciated.

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