A recent article published by Werk says that our country is on the brink of a “caregiving crisis,” and they have the statistics to back it up. Of the 75% of US workers who have a caregiving responsibility:
28% say caregiving obligations have hurt their career
32% say they have left a job because of work-life imbalance
80% say their responsibilities at home keep them from doing their best at work
Further concerning is that while 80% of employees acknowledge that their performance has been affected, only 24% of employers believe caregiving has affected their employees’ performance. There is a huge disconnect here, evidence that employers are seriously underestimating the impact caregiving is having on their employees.
While men and women are both affected by caregiving, women seem to suffer the most when it comes to their careers. Nearly 30% of working women leave the workforce entirely after becoming a parent, and then face significant obstacles if/when they are ready to re-enter the workforce.
Our country needs a fundamental shift in how we think about and design our workplaces. In large part, our workplaces have remained the same for 50+ years. In 1964, only 27% of mothers worked outside the home; today, 75% do, yet many companies have not made the necessary accommodations to meet the needs of our changing workforce.
This caregiving crisis is real, and it is born from the outdated architecture of today’s workplaces. By providing flexible opportunities for caregivers, companies will retain more of their employees and we will hopefully begin to see more women remain in the workforce throughout key lifecycle moments. By offering educated, highly skilled women flexible employment opportunities, Stay In The Game is making it possible to succeed both at home and at work. We provide ongoing skills training and support from a community of like-minded, professional women so that when you’re ready to re-enter the workforce you won’t have a gap in your resumé or a lack of knowledge/experience.