New Pitney Bowes White Paper Highlights Techniques for Companies to Use to Address Needs of Caregivers
“Sandwich Generation” Employees Need Support, Transparency
STAMFORD, Conn., May 17, 2010 - The importance of providing transparency and support for caregivers within an organization is the focus of a new white paper now available from Pitney Bowes Inc. (NYSE: PBI).
With people living longer, and retirements lasting longer, young and middle-aged individuals who dominate the workforce are increasingly sandwiched between caring for their aging parents and caring for children of their own. Affecting an estimated 20 million Americans, smart employers recognize the ways in which they can help their workforce face the challenges of end-of-life issues and long-term care.
A well-known champion of value-based benefit design and employee wellness programming, Pitney Bowes has recently started to explore end-of-life issues and the number of caregivers within its workforce. The company is working toward providing the resources and tools necessary to support this population of employees.
“More organizations are realizing that providing resources and support to care givers within the workplace can bring numerous benefits not only to employees, but also to the productivity of their organizations,” said Brent Pawlecki, corporate medical director, Pitney Bowes.
The white paper provides a list of the ways in which companies can get started in supporting caregivers, which includes:
- Providing information, through webinars, seminars and links to key sites on the subject
- Establishing discussion or support groups for caregivers to share information, ideas and challenges
- Exploring mutually beneficial flextime, part-time and leave-of-absence options for caregivers
- Establishing connections with community support options like hospice that can both ease the physical and financial demands on caregivers and help them through the emotional challenges common to families at end-of-life periods
In addition to a focus on care giving, the white paper explores the benefits of planning for end-of-life and how to document preferences, whether through traditional advance directives or actionable medical orders.
To download a copy of the white paper, please visit http://news.pb.com.
About Pitney Bowes:
Celebrating its 90th year of innovation, Pitney Bowes provides software, hardware and services that integrate physical and digital communications channels. Long known for making its customers more productive, Pitney Bowes is increasingly helping other companies grow their business. Pitney Bowes is a $5.6 billion company and employs 33,000 worldwide. Pitney Bowes: Every connection is a new opportunity™. www.pb.com