Coalition Highlights Exploding Elder Caregiving Needs During National Caregivers Month
New York, NY (November 26, 2013) – To celebrate National Caregivers Month and recognize the important role that employers of all shapes and sizes play as caregiving responsibilities rise for their employees, ReACT (Respect A Caregiver’s Time) rang the New York Stock Exchange Opening Bell today at 9:30 a.m. EST. The video can be viewed here.
“ReACT fills a critical need when caregiving responsibilities for employers will skyrocket with growing aging trends,” said Jack Watters, MD, Vice President of Medical Affairs at Pfizer, Inc., a founding ReACT member. “Caregivers make up a vital part of our workforce, and employers have a role to play in ensuring we attract and retain the best talent, including those that must juggle caregiving along with their full-time jobs.”
ReACT represents nearly 1 million employees from across more than 40 member organizations from across corporate, non-profit, academic and other thought-leading organizations. The ringing of the bell comes just days after ReACT’s launch of its Employer Resource Guide: Four Steps for Supporting Employees with Caregiving Responsibilities, a free resource for front-line managers and human resource professionals to help provide support for the increasing number of those with elder caregiving responsibilities in the workplace.
“Employers must take action to create an environment that is supportive of employee caregiving needs,” said Drew Holzapfel, Convener of ReACT. “From the largest corporations and trade associations to community-service organizations and small mom-and-pop shops, ReACT is proud to recognize caregivers and the employers that are making a difference to ensure they can be successful at home and in the workplace.”
Last week, at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, ReACT launched an effort to celebrate and support working caregivers, through a resource guide titled Employer Resource Guide: Four Steps for Supporting Employees with Caregiving Responsibilities and new website to provide employers with the tools they need to open channels of communication about caregiving in the workplace, embrace caregiving as the “new normal” and find ways to address employees’ needs for flexibility.