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Study: Sandwich Generation Struggling With Dual Caregiver Responsibilities
Date:12/17/2008

Employers Offering Back-Up Care Maintain Engagement and Productivity

WATERTOWN, Mass., Dec. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- A new study released today by The Consulting Practice at Bright Horizons indicates that members of the sandwich generation -- those with child and elder caregiving responsibilities -- are increasingly concerned about the balance of work and responding to the additional caregiving needs of older relatives. However, the same study confirms that employers who provide back-up child and elder care are helping to maintain productivity and commitment for those employees during times when there is a breakdown in care for loved ones -- children, parents, or in some cases, spouses.

One survey respondent said, "When a child or family member needs care and there is no one but you who can give it, it is impossible to focus on work. The stress and worry about care for your child or the elder who needs care is all-consuming. Without the availability of both the child care and the elder care I would have been unable to work. It is hands down, the most important benefit my company provides and is one of the many reasons I love my job. Without it, my productivity would be significantly affected."

The U.S. Census Bureau reports that approximately one of every eight Americans between the ages of 40 and 60 can be considered a part of the sandwich generation, and experts expect those figures to grow. Seventy percent of the survey respondents who reported having caregiving responsibilities for an adult/elder and for a child were between 31 and 45 years old and one third were with their employer for more than 10 years, placing them in a subsection of the workforce critical to employers because of the knowledge and leadership they bring.

Sandwich generation respondents say that they place a huge value on back-up care and that it has a direct impact on how engaged they are in their jobs
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