Supporting employees and students with policies that create a positive and healthier work environment are ideal. This means not only making work better for employees, but also for those employees and students care for! Support Networks & Role Modeling We need role models to help us navigate new experiences We need social networks are like … Continue reading Best Practices: Family Accommodations
Sometimes a caregiver does not need a full-time reprieve from work. Often it is possible to continue working with a mix of modified working expectations. Use technology as an adaptive tool (telecommuting, online teaching, online advising, database of emergency lectures and quality, topical films) Create a pool of substitute faculty (who can come from existing … Continue reading Best Practices: Modified Service Policies
Do not discriminate by gender, race and ethnicity, sexual and partner orientation, socioeconomic class, formalized and legalized relationship statuses, academic institution types, employment status, or type of caregiving (e.g. self-care, partner care, parenting, eldercare; also mental and physical health). Employees are not required to use sick days for anything except emergency self-care. Sick days should … Continue reading Best Practices: Sick and Emergency Options
The best caregiving policies have these six characteristics in common: inclusiveness, contextualization, permeability, formalization, supportiveness, and publicity. Inclusive Decouple caregiving leave from gender, sexual orientation, legal partner status, family size and type (e.g. single parents, adoption, fostering), race and ethnicity, and contextualize different caregiving situation. Contextualized Understanding different needs for different caregiving circumstances. Illness, injury … Continue reading Best Practices: 6 Policy Traits
Change Your Caregiving Culture & Attitudes Both caregiving & work are fundamental human experiences and animals do both all the time. The problem is not with our caregiving responsibilities; the problem is with work institutions.
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