It's a particularly intense time for many parents and caregivers who are working from home, homeschooling, caring for family and friends, and more. It can be even more challenging for caregivers of those managing a mental health condition or disability.
Mind Share Partners has compiled the following list of resources HR and People teams to support parents and caregivers, and individual resources for these employees.
I. Articles for HR & People Leaders Supporting Parents and Caregivers
[Article] “How HR Teams Can Support Working Parents,” Lattice A 4-item listicle outlining basic strategies to support parents (most applicable to caregiving generally).
[Report] “A Guide to Balancing Work and Caregiving Obligations” Canadian Human Rights Commission While it addresses Canada specifically, the guide outlines helpful strategies on how to talk to an employee about caregiving needs, strategies to support caregivers and ideas for flexible working arrangements, and a follow-up process to ensure that any arrangement continues to be helpful and effective.
[Article] “Caregiving,” American Psychiatric Association This page outlines best practices and strategies to support caregivers of those managing a mental health condition based on a study of 17 employers including Aetna, CBS Corporation, Intel, and more.
[Article] “More Workers Than You Realize Are Caregivers,” SHRM This page provides an overview of the prevalence of caregiving/caregivers in the workforce, how it impacts employee work-life balance and starting strategies to better support caregivers in your workforce.
[Slide Deck] “Negotiating Accommodations at the Workplace: Perspectives of Human Resource Professionals and Parents of Children with Mental Health Disorders,” Portland State University School of Social Work This slide deck outlines key topics for supporting caregivers of children with mental health condition/s, such as work flexibility, navigating disclosure, stigma, and more. It also provides enlightening quotes by parents and HR professionals on their own experiences with navigating caregiving conversations, employee performance, and workplace supports.