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Episode 4

Impact of Caregiving:
Effect on Workplace Productivity

According to the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), how much does care partner “burnout” cost American businesses each year?

Which of the following are common characteristics of care partner employees?

Which of the following are common roles for a care partner?

Which of the following represent employee benefits for people who are care partners?

What might an employer be able to do to lessen the amount of stress/burden on their employees who are care partners?

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Episode 4

Impact of Caregiving: Effect on Workplace Productivity

Host Mary Schaefer, SHRM-CP, PHR leads an information-rich discussion with Lara Krawchuk, MSW, LCSW, MPH, a nationally recognized expert on the topic of care partnering – the critical role played by millions of people who care for a spouse or loved one living with a chronic illness like Multiple Sclerosis (MS).

The enormous impact that care partner responsibilities can have on workplace productivity and on individuals’ career plans is often underestimated and misunderstood by supervisors and work colleagues alike. Mary and Lara have a wide-ranging conversation that touches on everything from the financial impact on individual households to successful care partner programs that have been implemented at large, multinational companies.

Take the time to listen to this important podcast to better understand an issue that is impacting virtually every professional organization in the country in one way or another, and hear about best practices that can create “win/win” situations for employees and employers alike.

About our Host

Mary Schaefer, SHRM-CP, PHR Speaker, Trainer, Coach, Consultant and Advocate for a ProHuman Workplace

Mary Schaefer is a fierce advocate for developing workplaces where the human beings who happen to be employees, thrive. Her speaking, coaching, training, and writing all focus on making the most of what human beings can contribute to an organization through their distinctive energy and creativity, while at the same time meeting their own specific needs for meaningful work. As the principal of her own business, Mary is a guide to increase empowerment and cultivate productive manager/employee interactions. Drawing from her experience as an HR manager, her work centers on talent development, performance management, and a positive employee experience. She is a co-author of the book, “The Character Based Leader.” Mary has presented at the Inspiring Women in STEM Conference and is also a TEDx speaker. Her clients include small businesses, nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and Fortune 500 companies. Mary has a master’s degree in human resources management and is a certified HR professional.

About our Guest

Lara Krawchuk, MSW, LCSW, MPH Founder and Clinical Director of Clinical Services at Healing Concepts, LLC

During her career that has spanned more than 25 years, Lara Krawchuk has worked successfully with individuals and families dealing with a recent chronic disease diagnosis and the changes that result from adapting to a “new normal” both at home and in the workplace setting. Lara is a nationally recognized expert and public speaker in this area, and in addition to her clinical practice duties she is a faculty member of the Portland Institute for Loss and Transition and serves as an adjunct professor with the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice and West Chester University’s Masters in Social Work (MSW) programs.

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