Sometimes I Feel Like a Piece of Bologna

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Eldercare issues at work has reprinted an article from Investors Business Daily discussing the toll eldercare takes on employees. The article reports that in 2005, 35% of the U.S. working population had faced elder care responsibilities in the previous year. And the problem will only increase. According to the U.S. Administration on Aging, the number of adults over the age of 65 will reach 40 million by 2010.

To cope with the challenge faced by their employees, employers need to find ways to ways to help them balance their duel responsibilities. The National Study of Employers said that 79% of companies offer flexible work hours to allow staff to handle elder care issues, 50% of larger companies offer elder care resources and referrals, and 25% of companies with 50 to 99 employees also offer those services. This is a trend that will only increase.

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