Your employees will face elder care crises

09/11/2008 | Wall Street Journal (free content), The

While child care issues are commonplace, they're not as disruptive as elder care emergencies, some experts say.

The aged population could rise as much as 40% during the next few years -- an occurrence that will mean some of your employees will have emergencies crop up. Bottom line: Plan ahead.

Encourage your staff to keep their backlog of work as minimal as possible. They can build goodwill with colleagues by going above and beyond, producing great results and offering a helping hand whenever possible. Brush up on company leave policies -- and even create a disaster plan between employees and bosses. Encourage everyone to gather medical information about parents and find ways to help them recognize and listen to their own limits.

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