In order to assess employers' awareness of their employees' caregiving roles and how businesses are responding to their caregiving employees' needs, AARP Maine undertook this mail survey of Pine Tree State firms having at least two employees.
The study found that almost half of the 436 employers surveyed are aware of their employees' involvement in caregiving activities for family members and loved ones. Maine employers generally recognize that caregiving activities affect their workers' job performance through early departures from work, late arrivals, and workplace stress.
Nearly all employers offer some employee benefits, and many offer funeral or bereavement leave, flexible work schedules, and job security to aid those employees who are also caregivers. However, a significant number of employers offer no programs or benefits to caregivers. Employers recognize that more could be done and want information on no-cost or low-cost resources for caregiving employees.
The survey was conducted between March 26 and May 10, 2004. The report was prepared by Erica Dinger of AARP Knowledge Management. For further information, please contact Kate Bridges of AARP Knowledge Management at 207-899-2094. (20 pages)
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