Workplace

“Being a caregiver made me a better person and worse employee,” were the exact words that an attendee in my workshop shared with me. We were having a sidebar conversation during the break. I was delivering a Stress Management seminar on behalf of an EAP (Employee Assistance Program). For all of the times I’ve gone blank with my mind racing for...

According to the Pantone Color Institute, Ultra Violet is the color of the year 2018. In common terms, it’s a super bright purple. It just so happens that caregiver awareness and appreciation is represented by the color purple. The color also represents, Alzheimer's Disease, Attention Deficit Disorder, ADHD, Animal Abuse, Cancer Survivors, Chiari Malformation, Crohn's Disease, Cystic Fibrosis, Domestic Violence,...

Last June, Denise Brown, founder of Caregiving.com, hosted the Caregiving and the Workplace Summit. From that event, a working group formed who are committed to improving the lives of those who work and manage caregiving responsibilities. The group’s first initiative has launched and we’re glad to support it! Kindly take this eight question survey to share how well your company supports...

I suppose I walked right into that one. You can’t post a “Top 10 Things Not to Say” blog, without expecting a few friendly emails asking, “Well, what can or should I say?” Actually, I loved being asked because it shows how many people care! In reality, family caregivers often find that their superficial compadres scatter or drift away. I suspect...

Working professionals who have intergenerational responsibilities, (aka- the pull of sandwich generation child and elder care) would love if friends and colleagues understood how some comments sound, well, pardon me for saying— insensitive. So, this is for you - Employers, Managers and well intentioned colleagues. I thought you might find it helpful to have generalized insight to some of the common...

The reality is that while caregiving can be deeply rewarding, in fact life-changing, the family caregivers’ needs often go unnoticed. With the primary focus on the caree (aka - the recipient of the care) it is the caregivers who are slowly burning out. For employers not in-tune with the warning signs, or even the generational characteristics of the caregiver demographic,...

As we roll up to summer, we finally give ourselves permission to take time off. Right? According to data from U.S. News & World Report, American workers take less time off than workers in other developed nations. In 2000, a typical American worker took nearly twenty-one vacation days. By 2013, it had dropped to sixteen. What if you’re a family caregiver?...

Ahh, the warmer days of spring (cue the joyful trumpeting). The delight of seeing tulips and flowering trees in bloom, the smell of fresh-cut grass and, lest we forget, spring cleaning and yard sales! I get a little giddy at the prospect of yard sales. That is—as the seller, the peddler, the clutter un-loader. I’m rarely on the buying side of...

I feel like I can pretty much do anything when I have on my rubber dishwashing gloves. In fact, I love that rubber glove manufacturers have caught on to the fact that some of us may want to be fashionable while doing dishes and make them available in fun colors and styles.  Sure, I have my share of basic yellow,...