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Friday, July 28, 2017

IS AMERICA MISSING THE MARK ON TRULY IMPORTANT BENEFITS?

Employees Often Need Employer’s Support When Caring for Loved Ones

In a new survey conducted by the Northeast Business Group on Health (NEBGH) in conjunction with the American Associate of Retired Persons (AARP), caregiving ranked among the highest ten employee benefits’ priorities for employees.  At least 129 benefits managers from larger U.S. corporations were asked to respond to questions regarding attitudes in their workplaces towards allowing employees time and supporting them for their caregiving responsibilities.  The survey included 76 employers with more than 5,000 employees, 40 employers with 1,000-5,000 employees and 13 employers with less than 1,000 employees.

(http://nebgh.org/wpcontent/uploads/2017/07/NEBGH-AARP_CaregivingSurvey_2017.pdf.)

According to the NEBGH survey results, at least 40 employers located around New York City provide benefits’ programs that are specifically structured to allow employees to take care of ailing loved ones including time off and resources for consulting elder care service providers, financial consultants and other coaching resources, such as counselling services, to give employees confidence to be caregivers while still maintaining gainful employment.  However, most employers (three out of four) responded that while they would like to offer more caregiver-oriented benefits to employees, they struggle in designing their own programs and lack access to best practices, financial resources and data as to whether their particular employee demographics actually need caregiver benefits.  Instead they focus on wellness benefits that have bonafide proof that their implementation reduce employee absenteeism and shrink astronomical health care costs.

Regardless of whether employers are well-equipped to offer supportive benefits for caregivers, America’s aging population indicates that it is very likely that more employees will want to provide assistance to sick or immobile family members and loved ones.  Without solid caregiver support benefit programs in place, workplace absenteeism will rise and productivity will wane. Additionally, caregivers will neglect their own health and this may end up resulting in eroding wellness levels for employees and corresponding increases in health care and prescription costs for employee health plans.  Caregiver benefits will take center stage in years to come to avoid crumbling infrastructures with many organizations and industries. 


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