Once your employer has been informed of your need to be accommodated for your caregiving role, job accommodation ideas can come from creativity and flexibility from both you and your employer.
As a caregiver, flexible work arrangements can help you provide caregiving and managing staying at work. For employers, flexible work arrangements have been shown to reduce absenteeism, foster employee loyalty, improve morale and retention, and increase productivity.
Here are some examples of flexible work arrangements:
- modifying start and end time
- a compressed schedule
- telecommuting (working from home)
- extended maternity or parental leave
- compassionate, discretionary or other leave to care for sick family members
- leaves to provide child or elder care in unanticipated emergency situations
- shift changes
- job sharing
- part-time work with prorated benefits
- shifting or sharing work duties or tasks
Once an accommodation agreement is reached, it can be helpful to put it in writing and communicate it to those affected by it. Follow-up meetings should be planned to review and adjust the accommodation.
Source: Guide to Balancing Work and Caregiving Obligations, Canadian Human Rights Commission, 2014.