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Asking My Employer For Time To Care
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
I'm feeling really overwhelmed between my job and all the things I need to do as the caregiver for my mom. How do I approach my employer about this situation so that she knows I care about my responsibilities at work as well as those at home?
not alone! The majority of working caregivers have had to make some
sort of adjustment to their work schedule--coming in late or leaving
early; cutting back to part-time; passing up promotions. Some even have
to take leaves of absence from time to time.
What can you do?
Openly and honestly describe the situation to your employer before it becomes a problem.
Let your employer know that you are committed to your job. Make sure they know that you don't want to let them down.
Focus on what your employer needs. Think about how you can work together during this difficult time.
realistic. If your position involves meeting with clients, asking to
work evenings is not realistic. On the other hand, if you are making
sales calls by phone, you may be able to telecommute from a home
Some employers have programs to help
caregiving employees. You may have the option of flex-time or
compressed work weeks. Or they may offer brown-bag "lunch and learn"
seminars on topics like Alzheimer's or how to balance caregiving and a
In addition, employers may offer enhanced resource and
referral programs or even geriatric care manager services to help
employees with complex home situations. One example of this type of
service offered through an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is Senior Care Select. Please click here to learn more.
a minimum, the Human Resources person should be able to describe what
existing employee benefits may help you to balance your job and your
caregiving responsibilities. Caregiving can be overwhelming. Make sure
your own needs are looked after so you can meet the needs of your loved