Empathy is meaningful when employees are listened to, when they feel that they are heard. More importantly, leadership must commit to implementing solutions that balance the needs of employees and the organization so that employees thrive and the organization prospers.
The story of survival and the outstanding contribution of Black people to all spheres of life is conspicuously absent from mainstream history books. Until that changes, we will need to have Black History Month.
Take a good hard look at the issues that underlie the major social problems that are more evident. How much more effective could your corporate social dollars be?
Aging baby-boomers are creating another boom. As baby boomers get older, they will be the ones diagnosed with dementia, creating a dementia boom that will present major challenges for their working caregiver children, the health care system, workplaces and the economy. Parking parents with dementia in nursing homes isn’t going to be the easiest option in an already overburdened health care system with limited capacity in long-term care residences.
Employers should prioritize caregiving in employee benefits plans and corporate social responsibility programs.
Caregivers of persons with dementia are more likely to be frequently absent from work. As the burden of care increases with the progression of the disease, caregivers may be forced to take disability leave, require medical care, and endure further financial hardship. The adverse effects of dementia impact caregivers, the health care system, the economy, and workplaces are also adversely impacted.
We must act now to implement dementia prevention strategies.