Employee Caregivers: Why It's Important and 3 Easy Wins

Top Employers Worldwide Have Recognized the Value for Caring for Employees Who Are Caregivers at Home

Published Friday, October 30, 2020

Global Chamber® in recognition of National Family Caregivers Month (November, 2020) is presenting a program to help executives and other employees better care for their family members and loved ones. This is a global business issue.

Watch this globinar here, We are seeking to:

  • Raise awareness among companies globally about the caregiving crisis in our world (including from a business operations viewpoint), and
  • Provide members with “easy wins” in terms of how you can support employees who are also caregiving for a loved one at home (in addition to their jobs). These employees represent at least 20% of every workforce, yet this important employee segment often is overlooked.

Members may download the free e-book on caregiving in the workplace here.

From Aging Matters International (AMI), our member Debbie Howard (The Carter Group and AMI) will offer two opportunities for Global Chamber members, one of which is the globinar, where whe will be joined by Robin Weeks, an executive coach involved in this caregiving space. They will present educational information for executives on the following topics:

  • Why it’s important for companies to support working caregivers (based on a report by Harvard Business Review)
  • Who are the working family caregivers in your employ (based on a report by the National Alliance for Caregiving)
  • What are the types of support employee family caregivers need and want (mandatory programs, best practices)
  • What can executives and managers do to address the needs of their employees who are also serving as family caregivers?

Here's more on the event by Global Chamber® here. 

Won't you consider helping your employees who are caring for someone at home? As Debbie discussed in the session, retention of talent is greater when companies take this next step. It's more and more of an issue... as the number of people taking care of someone has risen 21% since 2015 for the U.S. One in 5 employees now takes care of someone such as a parent.


  • Debbie Howard - Chairman at The Carter Group-JMRN and Founder of Aging Matters International (AMI)
  • Robin Weeks - Founder at My Pivotal Point


  0:00 Opening comments from all

  0:30 Q&A and roundtable discussion

  0:55 Close

Speaker Bios

Debbie Howard - Chairman at The Carter Group-JMRN and founder ofAging Matters International (AMI). Most of us know Debbie for her expertise in the Japanese market. But her other passion is working as an advocate for family caregivers. Inspired by her own experience as live-in caregiver for her Mom during her dying days, Debbie put her research skills to work and wrote a book to help other caregivers and caregivers-to-be. Nowadays, she speaks and blogs regularly on this topic, leads workshops (Planning for Difficult Conversations, Surviving and Thriving while Caregiving, Relaunching Your Life Once Caregiving is Done, and more). She helps companies develop programs to support their employees who struggle to balance caregiving responsibilities at home with their work

Contact by email: Debbie Howard

More Info: The Care Giving Journey & Debbie's Linkedin

Robin Weeks - Founder at My Pivotal Point. Robin has a background in business and experiential learning, and has designed and delivered leadership and team development trainings with Fortune 100 and 500 companies for over 12 years. She started My Pivotal Point in 2010 to focus on working regionally with small- to mid-size businesses, helping them develop strong managers and leaders to enhance their growth. Her services include coaching and leadership development trainings. After having served as the primary caregiver for her Mom for 6 years, she launched Caring for Caregivers within My Pivotal Point – a practice focused on supporting family caregivers and their employers through coaching and caregiver education. Robin is a Certified Caregiving Consultant, a Big Five for the Workplace Consultant and Coach, and is Certified in Conflict Resolution.

Contact by email: Robin Weeks

More Info: My Pivotal Point & Care Year's Academy... and Robin's Linkedin 

Moderator: Doug Bruhnke - Founder/CEO of Global Chamber®. Doug is an entrepreneur dedicated to helping members of Global Chamber® successfully reach new markets across 525 metros - everywhere! He is a two-time expat with Dupont in Tokyo and Singapore with over 30 years of global business experience in nearly all countries and segments. Doug is also regional advisor for U.S. Global Leadership Coalition and a member of Arizona District Export Council, British American Business Council of Northern California and more. He has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from University of Utah and an EMBA from Michigan State University, and is co-inventor on 5 patents. Doug was born in Mt. Kisco, New York and now is based in Scottsdale, Arizona and Palo Alto, California. Hear the Global Chamber® story here.

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