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As an employed caregiver, a flexible schedule can help you manage your personal health. It helps maintain meaningful relationships, healthy habits and lower stress.

Being open with your employer can help; workplace accommodations balance your schedule, allowing you to manage your health and meet your goals as an employee and a caregiver. It’s also best to allow time for friendships and hobbies, which improve mood and reduce stress.

What to ask for

When discussing accommodations with your employer:

  • Inform them that you may require flexibility in your work schedule, which could entail:
    • Working part-time
    • Shifting
    • Doing more work via phone or the web
  • Be prepared to explain your challenges, including the condition of the person you care for.
  • Ask your employer to remove any no-fault absenteeism policies relating to your circumstance as a family caregiver.
  • Ask to be evaluated based on performance, not time spent at work.
  • Ask if your company has any in-house support programs for employed caregivers.
  • Determine how time off will affect compensation and evaluation of your job performance.
  • Remind your employer of your rights under workplace anti-discrimination laws.

Things to consider

Before meeting with your employer, you should understand the company’s legal obligations to you.

Employers are becoming more inclined to accommodate employed caregivers. Your employer’s support can improve your work and home life. Still, you are not required to disclose your circumstance. You may want to assess the situation at work to determine if your boss will be open to accommodations.

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Last Updated: 11/08/2017