Managers – Family caregiving is at times, crisis driven, uncertain and difficult to plan. Learn best practices that keep open lines of communication and enhance interaction. (I.e. communicating FMLA policy and arriving at a mutually suitable work schedule/s in context of caregiving challenges.)
Family Caregivers – Let’s connect about your specific situation. Schedule a session to soundboard everything from day to day challenges, professional concerns and when to communicate your situation.
Human Resource Professionals – Consultations identify gaps in programs to support this subset of your employee base.
Industry Associations – Schedule a speaking engagement for the unique needs of your constituency.
Employee Corporate Groups & Diversity Circles – Plan a topic for your next roundtable event!
Pricing & Scheduling – All workshops are tailored to the needs of the specific group or company. A consultation will determine the exact price, based on time, location, materials, and the number of participants.
Throughout the care-giving journey, which can last from six months to more than 10 years, the role of family caregivers evolves–and so should the support they receive. The Caregiving Years describes the path that family caregivers take—from Expectant Caregiver, to Freshman, to Entrenched, to Pragmatic, to Transitioning to Godspeed Caregiver. Using a “key word” approach, participants benefit from learning the stumbles and steadies that correspond to each stage, providing a map for existing and future family caregivers to navigate successfully through the emotional journey.
Workday interruptions and partial absenteeism due to family caregiving responsibilities, (i.e. extended lunch breaks, leaving work early or arriving late) is costing business an estimated $327 million. In addition to regular work hours, employees clock an average additional twenty hours per week providing care for their loved one/s. (Source: Family Caregiving Alliance) This program provides an overview on the present day reality of caregiving and best practices of how some companies are responding.
Self awareness leads to self confidence which leads to a sense of being empowered. Empowered to make well thought decisions. Being a bad ass caregiver means knowing what works for you, so you can keep working for your caree and your career. This program stresses the importance of 1) self care and 2) utilizing support systems. Participants appreciate walking away with tangible action plans and having completed a caregiver stress assessment. It can be delivered in conjunction with a human resources representative to underscore specific company offerings/benefits.And it goes without saying, content is served up with a little irreverence. Heck, sometimes we need to poke a little fun at ourselves and circumstance!
Our work life now includes our life’s work – caring for a family member with a chronic illness, disease or who is aging. As managers, how do you make room for both in the workplace? Caregiving Sensitivity training helps ensure that managers respond appropriately so that employees feel supported while workplace business expectations and norms continue. Through small group discussions and/or one on one coaching, participants benefit from new found understanding of the trauma of caregiving— the worries, concerns and stresses a working family caregiver experiences.
Compassion fatigue, also known as secondary traumatic stress (STS), is a condition characterized by a gradual lessening of compassion over time. It is common among individuals who work directly with trauma victims, such as therapists, nurses, psychologists, first responders and most recently recognized in family caregivers. Contrary to the implication, it is the sensitive and empathetic employees who are most likely at risk. Objectives include recognizing signs/symptoms, the importance of validation and self care.
The most powerful learning experiences often occur informally- peer to peer. Support sessions provide a forum for working professionals to share lessons learned around pre-determined, agreed upon topics. (i.e. Acceptance, Life After Caregiving, Gifts We Give Ourselves, Responding to “how are you?”)
Highly relevant for today’s working professional.
Format – (One Hour) Compact, informative, interactive.
The premise behind Lessons Learned is to recognize the transformational impact of family caregiving and pay forward practical suggestions, collective advice and tips. Lunch-n-learns minimize workday time constraints, while allowing participants to learn, connect, and absorb much needed information.