The Caregiving Crisis and Its Impact on Employee Well-being

Caregiver burnout is real and costly. It’s becoming one of the biggest downstream causes of employee mental health issues.

The survey results below shed light on this challenge and offer valuable insights on how your organization can address this crisis.


Caregiving: A Growing Challenge

Each year we administer a survey to gauge how employees who double as family caregivers are being supported by their employers. This year, the results were astonishing. 

We knew that employees were spending several hours a week caring for a loved one. However, seeing this trend continuously increase is a wake-up call to employers who want to retain their top talent while also maintaining productivity and employee well-being. 

Having visibility to this growing challenge will give your organization an advantage and help you fine-tune the ways you support your workforce.

49% of employees spend 9+ hours caring for a loved one

Between caregiving and working, there are few hours left in the day

Caregiving responsibilities are time-consuming. This means your employees are likely tending to caregiving responsibilities during the workday, resulting in productivity losses.

The number of hours per week spent caregiving is also on the rise. In fact, there was an 151% increase in those who reported caregiving for 9+ hours/week, compared to 2021 data.


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56% of employees worry caregiving will negatively impact their job performance

Caregiving-related stress is disruptive to the workday

In fact, more than a third of respondents have left work early, missed days of work, and rearranged work schedules due to their caregiving responsibilities. This impacts productivity, which in turn impacts your organization's bottom line.



worry that caregiving will negatively impact their job performance
1 in 3
have left work early, missed days of work and/or rearranged their work schedule

54.5% of employees would change jobs for a caregiving support benefit

The demand is there - but is the supply keeping up?

Your employees who double as family caregivers need more support. However, most are not getting the help they need. And some are even willing to change companies completely to access a caregiving support benefit. This is an issue you can't ignore.

2 in 3
don't have access to a caregiving support benefit
said they'd take advantage of such a benefit if it were available

In Summary

Though not surprising, caregivers reported being stretched thinner than ever as they juggle work, life, family, and caregiving - and their workloads show no signs of letting up.

This underserved, yet growing population, is demanding help and grace from their employers, and they’re willing to leave their jobs to get the support they need. The cost of inaction is too high to ignore. The time to act is now. 

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About The Study  

The second annual Employee Caregiving Survey was conducted via a third-party survey provider in August 2022 as a follow-up to our 2021 survey. We surveyed two hundred adults in the U.S. who work while also providing support for loved ones, asking them how their caregiving responsibilities impact their employment, well-being, and lives. Respondents were 60.5% female and 39.5% male and from a variety of industries. 75% of respondents are currently providing support for loved ones who are aging and/or have a disability.  

About Homethrive  

Homethrive is the next generation caregiving benefit innovator that’s revolutionizing support for unpaid family caregivers and their loved ones. Through its high-impact family caregiving platform, Dari, Homethrive breaks the caregiving support mold by skillfully blending self-service digital caregiving and health support with expert human interaction to effectively and efficiently right-size care to large populations. Members have 24/7 access to one-of-a-kind resources and tools to tackle everyday caregiving challenges. Those needing one-on-one support are paired with a credentialed caregiving expert who can provide concierge-level guidance, advice, and care coordination tailored to their needs.