In what ways can elder care issues affect the employment relationship?

An employee's elder care responsibilities can have a detrimental impact on his or her employment. When an employee is under pressure as a result of having to combine work duties with elder care responsibilities, this can lead to increased illness and absenteeism and reduced performance, productivity and morale, all of which his or her employer will need to manage.

The difficulty of balancing caring and employment obligations can lead to an employee choosing to leave the workforce earlier than he or she otherwise would. Therefore, employers that fail to address elder care issues risk losing skilled and experienced employees. This, in turn, can have a detrimental impact on their business and ability to attract and retain employees.