Carer-Friendly Workplaces

Carer-Friendly Workplaces Official page for the Chair Program in Gender, Health and Caregiver Friendly Workplaces at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario. There are more than 5.6 million employees in Canada with adult/elder care responsibilities.

With an ageing population and a changing workforce, the number of people providing unpaid care and paid work at the same time is expected to rise. Using a sex/gender lens, the purpose of this project is to examine the relationship between unpaid (informal/family) care giving and paid work. A lack of workplace support can have negative effects on both the caregiver-employee and the workplace, inclu

With an ageing population and a changing workforce, the number of people providing unpaid care and paid work at the same time is expected to rise. Using a sex/gender lens, the purpose of this project is to examine the relationship between unpaid (informal/family) care giving and paid work. A lack of workplace support can have negative effects on both the caregiver-employee and the workplace, inclu

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09/30/2021

Take a look at the study that was done. The objective was to investigate the experiences of caregiver-employees (CEs) from the Korean-Canadian community in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.

https://rdcu.be/cylla

08/19/2021
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What is your next steps as an employer to creating a caregiver friendly workplace? Take a look at these tips!
https://ghw.mcmaster.ca/app/uploads/2021/05/tips-for-managers-template.pdf

08/05/2021
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As an employer it's important to recognize burnout in your employees. Here is ways to recognize and tackle it!

https://ghw.mcmaster.ca/app/uploads/2021/05/Tool-5-Recognizing-burnout-1.pdf

07/22/2021
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Health care is changing is your organization ready? Take a look at this educational debrief!

https://ghw.mcmaster.ca/app/uploads/2021/05/W-and-C-Educational-brief-A.pdf

07/19/2021
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Who are caregiver employees? What are care-giver workplace policies? Take a look at this poster which answers your questions!

https://ghw.mcmaster.ca/app/uploads/2019/11/Caregiver-Friendly-Workplace-Policies-Fact-Sheet-01.pdf

07/15/2021
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Wondered what fostering a carer-friendly workplace looks like? Take a look at this booklet!

https://ghw.mcmaster.ca/app/uploads/2021/04/training_template.pdf

Take a look at this guidance document for researchers, patients and caregivers!The following guidance document is to be ...
07/12/2021
Partnering principles and strategies: A guidance document

Take a look at this guidance document for researchers, patients and caregivers!

The following guidance document is to be used to plan for and involve Patient, Caregiver, and Public Research Partners in the activities and projects facilitated by the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA) Collaborative for Health & Aging. Below, we outline the core principles that should guide the involvement of Patients, Caregivers and Public Research Partners in activities of the Collaborative and the best practices for carrying this out. https://miracollaborative.ca/2020/10/13/guiding-principles/

The following guidance document is to be used to plan for and involve Patient, Caregiver, and Public Research Partners in Goal Groups facilitated by the MIRA | Collaborative for Health & Aging.…

Check out the recently published article by Frances Lorenz, Lisa Whittaker, Julia Tazzeo and Allison Williams titled "Av...
07/12/2021
Availability of caregiver-friendly workplace policies: an international scoping review follow-up study | Emerald Insight

Check out the recently published article by Frances Lorenz, Lisa Whittaker, Julia Tazzeo and Allison Williams titled "Availability of caregiver-friendly workplace policies: an international scoping review follow-up study": https://www.emerald.com/insight/content/doi/10.1108/IJWHM-10-2019-0136/full/html

Availability of caregiver-friendly workplace policies: an international scoping review follow-up study - Author: Frances Lorenz, Lisa Whittaker, Julia Tazzeo, Allison Williams

Check out the recently published article by Allison Williams, Joonsoo Sean Lyeo, Sophie Geffros & Alexander Mouriopoulos...
07/12/2021
The integration of s*x and gender considerations in health policymaking: a scoping review - International Journal for Equity in Health

Check out the recently published article by Allison Williams, Joonsoo Sean Lyeo, Sophie Geffros & Alexander Mouriopoulos titled "The integration of s*x and gender considerations in health policymaking: a scoping review": https://equityhealthj.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12939-021-01411-8

While the terms ‘s*x’ and ‘gender’ represent distinct concepts, their influence may intersect as important determinants of health. Despite their influence in shaping individual health outcomes, there is often inaccuracy and inconsistency in the degree to which s*x and gender considerations a...

07/06/2021
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Hi everyone! Take a look at the Global Carer Well-being Index.

The Carer Well-Being Index is a global research study commissioned by Embracing Carers and fielded in partnership with an independent, third-party market research provider and non-governmental organizations across 12 countries: United States, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Australia, Brazil, Taiwan, India and China. Respondents included more than 9,000 unpaid carers (or “caregivers”) across the countries surveyed who care for someone with a long-term illness, physical disability, or cognitive/mental condition. The conditions they care for included cancer, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, Dementia, Alzheimer’s, Spinal cord injury, Muscular Dystrophy, other cognitive/mental condition or Congestive Heart Failure. Unless otherwise noted, the content in this report showcases global learnings, referred to as the 12- country average^, of the carers surveyed internationally.

Here is a link to the report!

https://www.carerscanada.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Global-Carer-Well-Being-Index-Report_FINAL-2021-NA.pdf

Watch Allison Williams provide an update on the development of ISO 25551 - General requirements and guidelines for carer...
05/11/2021
ISO/FDIS 25551 video update available

Watch Allison Williams provide an update on the development of ISO 25551 - General requirements and guidelines for carer-inclusive organizations! https://committee.iso.org/sites/tc314/home/news/content-left-area/news-and-updates/isofdis-25551-video-update-avail.html

ISO/FDIS 25551 video update available 11 May 2021    Convenor Allison Williams provides us with an update on the development of ISO 25551 - General requirements and guidelines for carer-inclusive organizations. Discover the latest update from WG 3 here:  

April 16 is National Advance Care Planning Day in Canada. Check out the link below for great resources to start the conv...
04/16/2021
ACP DAY - Speak Up | Parlons en

April 16 is National Advance Care Planning Day in Canada. Check out the link below for great resources to start the conversation about advance care planning!

https://www.advancecareplanning.ca/acpday/

Every Year, April 16th Marks Advance Care Planning Day in Canada Advance Care Planning is the process of thinking and talking about your wishes, values, and preferences for your future care in the event you are unable to speak for yourself. Decide who would speak for you — choose your Substitute D...

04/06/2021
National Caregiver Day: New Study Shows COVID-19 Increasing Demands on Canadian Caregivers | BioSpace

Today is National Caregiver Day! Take time to check out this new study and appreciate the caregivers in your life!

https://www.biospace.com/article/releases/national-caregiver-day-new-study-shows-covid-19-increasing-demands-on-canadian-caregivers/

National Caregiver Day: New Study Shows COVID-19 Increasing Demands on Canadian Caregivers - read this article along with other careers information, tips and advice on BioSpace

April 6 is National Caregiver Day: Did you that 26% of workers must take a leave of absence due to care?
04/05/2021

April 6 is National Caregiver Day: Did you that 26% of workers must take a leave of absence due to care?

April 6 is National Caregiver Day: Did you that 26% of workers must take a leave of absence due to care?

April 6 is National Caregiver Day: Did you that 40% of workers must take time off work or leave early due to care?
04/04/2021

April 6 is National Caregiver Day: Did you that 40% of workers must take time off work or leave early due to care?

April 6 is National Caregiver Day: Did you that 40% of workers must take time off work or leave early due to care?

April 6 is National Caregiver Day: COVID-19 has made it extra challenging for employees who also care for aging loved on...
04/03/2021

April 6 is National Caregiver Day: COVID-19 has made it extra challenging for employees who also care for aging loved ones in need. Help them thrive by being a carer-friendly workplace.

April 6 is National Caregiver Day: COVID-19 has made it extra challenging for employees who also care for aging loved ones in need. Help them thrive by being a carer-friendly workplace.

April 6 is National Caregiver Day: Employees are feeling the strain of working full-time and taking care of adult loved ...
04/02/2021

April 6 is National Caregiver Day: Employees are feeling the strain of working full-time and taking care of adult loved ones in need.

April 6 is National Caregiver Day: Employees are feeling the strain of working full-time and taking care of adult loved ones in need.

April 6 is National Caregiver Day: Do you have workers who are busy caring for their parents of parents-in-law? They cou...
04/01/2021

April 6 is National Caregiver Day: Do you have workers who are busy caring for their parents of parents-in-law? They could use your support.

April 6 is National Caregiver Day: Do you have workers who are busy caring for their parents of parents-in-law? They could use your support.

For many, long term care homes are a last resort. The mental health impacts that come with caring for an elderly or sick...
01/22/2021
Exhausted and at her limit, she put her mother in long-term care. She — and others — now regret making that decision

For many, long term care homes are a last resort. The mental health impacts that come with caring for an elderly or sick family member (especially during a pandemic!) don't disappear with the use of these homes. This fascinating article shares an important perspective... https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2021/01/16/making-a-decision-to-put-a-family-member-in-long-term-care-is-difficult-and-emotional-its-even-harder-when-the-choices-are-so-limited.html?source=newsletter&utm_content=a08&utm_source=ts_nl&utm_medium=email&utm_email=E36D0E624F3B6EE3D9E69C96D4AA1F8E&utm_campaign=tmh_42509

Unlike some countries, Canada doesn’t have a plan for its aging population. Without adequate support to keep seniors at home and retirement homes that...

12/28/2020

The holidays can be difficult for many, and through the challenges of 2020, more Canadians than ever are carrying sorrow, anxiety, and grief into this holiday season. If you know someone who is grieving, letting them know you are thinking about them can be a great comfort.

The Quality End-of-Life Care Coalition of Canada supports and normalizes the conversation that grief and bereavement is a part of life and provides you with a list of resources and tools to help you throughout your grief journey.
https://www.chpca.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Dec10th_Finalized20resource20list20-20ASC20edits-2.pdf

"the intervention demonstrated an improvement of the workplace experience score for participants over time, with the ass...
12/17/2020
Improving the Workplace Experience of Caregiver-Employees: A Time Series Analysis of a Workplace Intervention

"the intervention demonstrated an improvement of the workplace experience score for participants over time, with the association particularly strong immediately post-intervention" Congrats to Regina Ding, Anastassios Dardas, Li Wang and Allison Williams on this recent publication! Full article below: #workercarer #PGproject @SSHRC_CRSH
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2093791120303656

Rapid population aging in developed countries has resulted in the working-age population increasingly being tasked with the provision of informal care…

We are beyond excited to be exhibiting at this year’s HRPA Annual Conference & Trade Show. Exploring the theme HR REBOOT...
12/12/2020

We are beyond excited to be exhibiting at this year’s HRPA Annual Conference & Trade Show.
Exploring the theme HR REBOOTED — ADVANCED HR IN A WORLD DISRUPTED – the 2021 HRPA Annual Conference will address key issues facing HR Professionals today, from managing through the pandemic to addressing issues of equity, diversity and inclusion.
Register now at hrpaconference.ca/
#HRPAAC #HRPA #HR #HumanResources #HRConference

COVID-19 has highlighted the need for caregiver-friendly workplace policies. Employers can explore the benefits these po...
11/20/2020
COVID-19’s silver lining? Creating a caregiver-friendly work culture

COVID-19 has highlighted the need for caregiver-friendly workplace policies. Employers can explore the benefits these policies bring in this article: https://brighterworld.mcmaster.ca/articles/covid-19s-silver-lining-creating-a-caregiver-friendly-work-culture/

Millions of Canadians juggle employment and informal caring. With the pandemic drastically changing working life, employers have an opportunity to embrace a caregiver-friendly work culture.

Take a moment to sign this petition #NotJustAVisitor
11/12/2020
Sign the Petition

Take a moment to sign this petition #NotJustAVisitor

#NotJustAVisitor A Canadian Declaration of Family Caregiver Rights and Responsibilities

A step in the right direction to help carer-employees and others care for the elderly in their homes and lighten the bur...
11/10/2020
New home renovation tax credit announced for Ontario seniors

A step in the right direction to help carer-employees and others care for the elderly in their homes and lighten the burden on LTC facilities:
https://toronto.ctvnews.ca/new-home-renovation-tax-credit-announced-for-ontario-seniors-1.5176419

Ontario seniors are getting a new home renovation tax credit next year in order to stay in their homes for a longer period of time and avoid entering a long-term care home which has been hard-hit by COVID-19.

10/29/2020
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So many exciting updates and publications in the latest Newsletter. Check it out! #careremployee #CarerStandard #PGProject
https://ghw.mcmaster.ca/app/uploads/2020/10/PG-Newsletter-Vol-4.pdf

Congratulations to Regina Ding on the publication of Evaluation of a Caregiver-Friendly Workplace Program Intervention o...
10/20/2020
Evaluation of a Caregiver-Friendly Workplace Program... : Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine

Congratulations to Regina Ding on the publication of Evaluation of a Caregiver-Friendly Workplace Program Intervention on the Health of Full-Time Caregiver Employees
A Time Series Analysis of Intervention Effects https://journals.lww.com/joem/Fulltext/2020/10000/Evaluation_of_a_Caregiver_Friendly_Workplace.19.aspx

final timepoint (T3) 12 months after T1. An aggregate health score was used to measure health and consisted three scales; depression (CES-D), psychosocial (CRA), and self-reported health (SF-12), where higher scores indicated higher frequency of adverse health symptoms. Three random-slope models wer...

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted how important personal support workers are to the healthcare system and the many c...
09/22/2020
Personal support workers are vital to Canada's healthcare system, but many experience prejudice on the job | Afternoon Drive with Chris dela Torre | Live Radio | CBC Listen

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted how important personal support workers are to the healthcare system and the many challenges they face on the job. Listen below to Dr. Bharati Sethi's radio interview to learn more. #COVID19 #psw #FrontLineHeroes
https://www.cbc.ca/listen/live-radio/1-80-afternoon-drive/clip/15798114-personal-support-workers-vital-canadas-healthcare-system-many

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted how important personal support workers are to the healthcare system and the many challenges they face on the job. But, one researcher says it's even more difficult for racialized PSWs in the province as many have experienced prejudice from the people they are pr...

COVID-19 gives employers a unique chance to protect the physical, emotional and financial well-being of employees who ar...
09/17/2020
COVID-19's silver lining? Creating a caregiver-friendly work culture

COVID-19 gives employers a unique chance to protect the physical, emotional and financial well-being of employees who are informal caregivers at home, by creating a carer-friendly work culture, writes Allison Williams. |
@GHWChair
@ConversationCA
https://theconversation.com/covid-19s-silver-lining-creating-a-caregiver-friendly-work-culture-145096

Changes to working life created by COVID-19 give employers an opportunity to embrace a caregiver-friendly work culture, supporting the millions of Canadians who juggle employment and informal caring.

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