One of the greatest challenges facing any manager in the 1990s is the rapid growth in the numbers of their employees who face the difficulties of balancing job responsibilities with the responsibility of caring for an older relative. There are more than 14 million working caregivers in the United States today, a trend fueled by the aging of the population, the fact that more women than ever before work outside the home, and by the new attitudes and expectations about the relationship between employee and employer. The work force of the late 1990s is increasingly diverse, and workers today want to be treated as whole persons by their employers. This requires managers to improve the responsiveness of their organizations to help workers balance their work and life needs.
Marosy presents the latest research findings regarding the needs of working caregivers and describes effective programs and policies now in place at leading corporations throughout the country. Marosy emphasizes practical problem solving and promotes a deeper understanding of the changes being brought about by the aging of the American population. Managers are presented with proven step-by-step guidance on how to effectively respond to the needs of working caregivers as well as a blueprint (including sample memos, a survey tool, and checklists) for building a sound organizational response to elder care needs. A Manager's Guide to Elder Care and Work is an essential tool for managing into the next century.