Analysts at the Working Mother Research Institute would love more money but are desperate for more time.
When the analysts at the institute, an arm of Working Mother Media, New York, asked women what kind of help they’d like from their employers, 81% rated the flexibility to take time off during work as important or very important, and that wish ranked first in terms of importance. A similar wish — that employers would let the caregivers change their work schedules — ranked fourth, with a 71% importance rating.
Paid time off came in second, with a 76% importance rating, and information resources came in third, with a 72% importance rating
Analysts at the institute based the report on results from a survey of 2,479 U.S. women, including 1,274 who have never been caregivers and 1,204 who either are now or have been caregivers.
When the analysts asked caregivers about the effects of caregiving on work, 48% agreed with the statement that, “I find it difficult to manage the demands of my work life and personal life.” For current caregivers, that statement was the one that generated the highest rate of agreement.
“I have passed up a more demanding job or promotion” ranked second, with a 39% agreement percentage.
About 25% of the current caregivers said they have long-term care insurance (LTCI), and 23% of the former caregivers said they have LTCI coverage.