At Working Daughter, we are on a mission to make caregiving and career compatible. Right now balancing the two is not so easy! While there is an endless stream of resources to guide working mothers – friends and family throw them baby showers to help prepare them for childcare, they go to Mommy & Me classes to meet other mothers, and there are countless books, conferences, websites and podcasts dedicated to helping them –working daughters have very little support. Working Daughter is changing that!
Working Daughter supports family caregivers via its website, with thousands of articles on caregiving, career and general lifestyle topics, a private Facebook community, an online store with products recommended by working daughters for working daughters, a paid membership program, webinars, workshops, an advocacy group working on policy issues, and an award-winning book. Part memoir and part how-to, Working Daughter: A Guide to Caring for Your Aging Parents While Making A Living was named one of the best books of the year by Library Journal.
And now, The Best Places To Work for Working Daughters program will recognize companies that support family caregivers and to raise awareness that we must do more to make care and career compatible. Many companies have programs in place to help workers who are parents, but equally important is supporting workers with parents – the working daughters and sons who care for aging and/or ill family members.
Why We Need This Program
More than 1 in 6 working Americans assist with the care of an elderly or disabled family member, relative, or friend. Seventy percent of those caregivers suffer work-related difficulties due to their dual roles. Working daughters especially suffer loss of wages and risk losing job-related benefits because they switch to less demanding jobs, take time off, or quit work altogether in order to accommodate their caregiving responsibilities. Even prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the cost to businesses from caregivers leaving the work force was an estimated $3.3 billion. Now, in the face of the Great Resignation and Shecession – 1.8 million women alone left the U.S. workforce during COVID-19 – supporting caregivers at work must be a business imperative.
While many employers instituted caregiver-friendly policies since the start of the pandemic, employees are concerned those benefits will be rolled back. If they are, working caregivers are prepared to make some tough decisions. A recent AARP report revealed four in ten caregivers say they would consider looking for a new job if their employer rolled back any of the benefits they instituted during the pandemic.
How The Program Works
The Best Places To Work for Working Daughters list is created based on an opt-in survey that evaluates companies on how their policies, benefits, and culture support working caregivers. Surveys are available now in mid-October 2021 and the list will be announced in early January 2022.
Inclusion on the list sends a strong message that a company understands and supports working caregivers. Companies that do not make the list will not be revealed.
Application fee: $100.00 Apply here.