Washington, DC, August 30, 2021 — A recent Ipsos survey conducted on behalf of Grayce Inc., shows that a majority of respondents provide unpaid help to an adult loved one. Many respondents feel stress while caring for their loved ones. Many of these respondents have not told their employers about their caretaking responsibilities, and a quarter have left a job or asked to reduce working hours. A majority of those surveyed feel more positive generally about a company that would offer caregiving benefits to employees.
1. Seventy-six percent of employed respondents say they have provided unpaid help to a loved one (spouse, partner, adult child, etc.) in the past year.
- Working caregivers surveyed are most likely to say they are providing emotional support (41%), help with grocery shopping or meal preparation (36%), help with housework (30%) and driving or providing transportation (30%).
- Seventy-nine percent of employed respondents surveyed say they feel stress about helping a loved one, and 23% say they feel significant or extreme stress.
- One-third of employed respondents say their wellbeing has been worsened while helping loved ones during the pandemic (33%).
2. Over a quarter of employed respondents report they have left a job (6%) or have reduced their working hours (21%) to help care for a loved one.
- Forty-four percent of these employees they have not told their employers about their caregiving responsibilities. Many report they are concerned it will impact perceptions about their work quality (25%) and reliability (15%).
- Seventy-three percent of employees surveyed say they would feel more loyal to their current company if their employer offered caregiving support.
- Two-thirds of employees surveyed said employers that offer robust adult and elder care support would be a more attractive company to work for (64%).
About the Study
These are some of the findings of an Ipsos poll conducted between March 3-4, 2021 on behalf of Grayce Inc. For this survey, a sample of 1,000 Americans age 18 to 65 from the continental U.S., Alaska and Hawaii were interviewed online in English. Quotas were set to align with the general population for age, gender, and region. No weighting was employed. The precision of Ipsos online polls is measured using a credibility interval. In this case, the poll is accurate to within ± 3.5 percentage points, 19 times out of 20, had all Americans, age 18-65 been polled. The credibility interval will be wider among subsets of the population. All sample surveys and polls may be subject to other sources of error, including, but not limited to coverage error, and measurement error.
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