How Businesses Thrive and Grow in the Modern Age
Podcast: How Businesses Thrive and Grow in the Modern Age
Sarah recounts her own painful story of demotion upon returning from maternity leave, fueling her advocacy today. A powerful exchange on how we can dismantle barriers for caregivers through education, policy change, and workforce measurement.
[00:00 – 05:48] – Defining and Understanding Caregivers
- Expansive definitions beyond just parents to anyone providing care
- 75% of US workforce are caregivers – largest untracked segment
- Rise of caregiver ERGs starting in civil rights era
[05:49 – 11:03] – The Business Case for Supporting Caregivers
- Increased retention, engagement, belonging
- US loses $35B annually from failing to support caregivers
- US ranks poorly compared to other countries
[11:04 – 18:58] – Best Practices in Caregiver Support
- Paid family leave, flexible scheduling, manager training
- Measuring caregiver status, gender-neutral policies
- Moving beyond compliance to build culture
[18:59 – 26:22] – The Challenges Caregivers Still Face
- Sarah’s experience of bias as a new mother
- Leaders can be risk averse and waiting for compliance
[26:23 – 32:30] – How do we move forward?
- Work of “Parents in Tech Alliance” on education, advocacy
- Reasons for optimism like generational shifts
- Role of public policy on childcare affordability
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