The New Sandwich Generation
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Today, your Gen X and Millennial employees increasingly find themselves shouldering expenses for small children and/or adult children — including college education and costs of those returning home to live— while also caring for aging or ill parents. And for middle-aged adults, this is all happening as they plan for retirement. “Sandwichers” lack the time and energy to fulfill these responsibilities successfully, and their physical and mental health frequently suffers.
Learn from peer employers which new programs and policies they’ve found effective in supporting sandwich generation employees, increasing productivity and aiding in retention.
- Examine cultural awareness in your workforce and among managers. Are your employees comfortable identifying themselves as caregivers?
- Normalize the conversation about the demands on caregivers in the workplace.
- Don’t stress! Review your current benefits and re-package and communicate them as caregiver support, including legal and financial services, and flexible work schedules.
- Use tech-enabled caregiver tools to supplement your efforts, not replace them.
- And more!