Caregiving vs Work Affects Home Businesses
Many caregivers must balance job commitments with responsibility for their family member. What happens when these two areas…caregiving and work…conflict? What happens when the home business owner has employees who develop caregiving responsibilities…whether for a child, spouse or parent?
As caregiving becomes more of a major issue to those with jobs, employers and employees are facing a situation that wasn’t so critical years ago. How can a business keep going when employees aren’t there for long periods or need flexible schedules?
*Some employers are handling this by enabling employees to work from home…at least parttime, if their job is one that can be done off premises.
*Some caregivers are leaving their jobs and developing home businesses.
*State and federal lawmakers have begun to look toward legislation to find answers.
*Some employees are turning to litigation when an employer indicates they must be replaced by someone who can be on the job fulltime.
There are legitimate concerns on both sides…the caregiver needs time to care for their family member and the employer needs employees who can fulfill his/her responsibilities for the business to stay in business.
More compromises are being worked out, but sometimes compromise is difficult because of the requirements of the job or the demands of caregiving. This is an issue that will require more thought and action in the coming months and years.
If you’re a home business owner with employees, have you run into any of these situations yet? Have you found a solution to a caregiving versus job commitment you can share with us?
Also, you may be someone who has begun to work at home, either at your own business or telecommuting for your employer. I’d enjoy hearing your story, too.Tags:caregiving caregiving+versus+employment family+leave home+biz Home+biz+notes Home+business telecommuting