Will They Stay or Will They Go?

The impacts of caregiving on employee leaves of absence and retention

Despite more flexible work arrangements, the number of employees taking time off work for caregiving continues to rise. Grayce’s latest research explores root causes, and how employers can better support this growing population.

73% of employees work a second shift as a caregiver

As life expectancy increases and young adults grapple with financial independence, nearly 1 in 4 U.S adults
is now part of the “sandwich generation,” providing support for both children and parents
over longer periods of time.

Who do employees care for?

  • Parent
  • Spouse/Partner
  • Child without disabilities
  • Grandparent
  • Child with disabilities
  • Self

Nearly half take several days off of work every month for caregiving

Juggling these dual roles is placing pressure on employees, who report feeling overwhelmed, and needing time off to manage these responsibilities.

What is the impact on work/life balance?

The stress causes many to consider quitting, rather than taking leave

Employee caregivers are at high risk of turnover, when taking time away alone does not meet their needs.

How does caregiving impact retention?


of caregivers have considered leaving
the workforce


the increased likelihood of quitting during a
leave of absence

Added employer support for care needs can prevent or reduce time away

Employees need more than flexibility; they need help lightening both the physical and mental load of navigating care at all life stages.

What do caregivers need from employers?

  • Time away with job security
  • Flexibility
  • Access to financial resources
  • Professional caregiver to physically be present 
  • Access to relevant and available benefits
  • Planning with support from a licensed professional

When do they need employer support?


of caregivers say that proactive support for their needs would help avoid or reduce time away from work

Employers must think more holistically about caring for caregivers

As the sandwich generation expands, employers must consider caregiving proactively, and as an ongoing, not a temporary, concern to both attract and retain talent.

Learn more about how caregiving is impacting your workforce

Forward-thinking employers are addressing the root cause stressors of caregiving with programs offering community, personalized care plans, and hands-on, expert support.

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