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9 articles to better understand the impact of caregiving on careers

Caregiving for loved ones can have a big impact on people’s careers, such as making decisions around work-life balance or returning to the workforce after taking a career break. Here are resources on current trends as well as suggestions to help manage personal circumstances.

Balancing work and caregiving responsibilities (Government of Canada)

Caregiving for family and friends takes many forms. These are suggestions for talking to employers to seek support and develop a manageable plan to balance work and caregiving responsibilities.

Can Caregiving Help Your Career? Yes! Leverage These 5 Skills To Get Ahead (Forbes)

An exploration of capabilities that caregivers develop and how to harness these skills at work and in career progression.

Quit or get fired – Survey finds 1 in 20 family caregivers overwhelmed by competing demands (CBC)

This article is part of CBC Alberta’s Giving Care series, which focused on family caregivers. It highlights the challenges faced by adults with such responsibilities and how employers can help through flexible work.

Returning to the Workforce After Being a Caregiver (Harvard Business Review)

Six strategies are offered to help make the re-entry process less intimidating. The author also discusses the impact of caregiving on women’s professional pursuits.

Supporting Working Caregivers (Shaping Future Workplace Campaign)

A breakdown of the business case for supporting caregivers at work, its impact on Canada’s labour market, the effect of COVID-19 on employees who are caregivers and steps that employers can take to create a caregiver-friendly work culture.

Tips for Returning to Work After Caring for an Aging Parent (Family Matters In-Home Care)

Five practical suggestions on approaching a job search after taking time to care for a parent.

The cost of caregiving falls disproportionately on women (RBC)

A study commissioned by RBC Wealth Management discusses how caregiving changes career trajectories for female caregivers and the absence of helpful financial guidance and resources.

With Caregivers in Crisis, Companies Need to Step Up (BCG)

Research by BCG suggests caregivers balancing work and personal responsibilities are feeling more stressed than ever. Flexible work models and expanding range of benefits for employees are a few examples that companies can lead with empathy to mitigate the risk of losing talent.

Why it’s Time to Rewrite the Narrative on Career Breaks (LinkedIn)

With the shifting sentiment around career breaks, LinkedIn introduced new tools and resources to help people re-enter the workforce.

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Katrina Rozal Author
Katrina Rozal is a Communication Specialist. She has 10 years of combined experience in producing content for Canadian news media and the British non-profit sector.
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Katrina Rozal Author
Katrina Rozal is a Communication Specialist. She has 10 years of combined experience in producing content for Canadian news media and the British non-profit sector.
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