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- The pandemic exacted a heavy toll on working caregivers. According to BCG’s COVID-19 caregiver survey, those with paying jobs who also provide care for family members, including children and aging parents,felt greater stress than noncaregiving employees. More than half of working parents reported that their overall responsibilities at home - including housework, childcare, and help with schoolwork - had grown significantly. Many caregivers felt caught in the impossible situation of having to choose between caring for loved ones and preserving their careers.
- Gallup believes that, in the workplace, feeling cared for comes from a manager-employee relationship developed in an "ecosystem of care". Managers in that kind of cultural ecosystem pay attention to employees' wellbeing because they know it influences the work and the worker. They see employees as people and people management as coaching. And because they care about the employee as a whole person, managers actively invite employees' input.
- The Financial Times pointed to World Health Organisation estimates that there will be a global healthcare workforce gap of 14.5m by 2030. The factors that have contributed to the boom in social care include an ageing population, longer life expectancies, growth in the number of chronic health conditions and the Covid-19 pandemic. Some countries have started to implement programmes to encourage people to join the sector. According to McKinsey research, Singapore, for example, has created opportunities for 250,000 foreign domestic workers, with demand for care workers in the country set to increase by 300,000 by 2030.
- For The Futures Centre, COVID exposed fault lines in our capacity for care. While care is a major function of the family, our need for it has always stretched beyond what a family can deliver. Most of us draw on a wide range of support networks (friendships, peer groups, communities) and public or paid services (creches, carers, care homes) throughout our lifetimes. By confining care to a limited number of people and places, the pandemic has highlighted the unbounded nature of co-dependence, while causing the burden to fall disproportionately on certain members of society - in particular women, single parents and frontline care workers.
- The care economy – comprising everything that invests in developing human capacities: education, health, child and elder care, therapy, coaching, community care, etc. – is likely to prove a growing part of future economies.
- Small investments in important relationships can have big impacts, writes author Greg McKeown, who encourages sharing simple messages of support to those important to you. Paraphrasing former at-risk child turned advocate and author Josh Shipp, McKeown says: “We're all just one caring person away from being a success story.”
- The School of Life argued that we should never allow ourselves to forget that, whatever the surface indifference of others, we are surrounded by people who, when they see an emergency in front of them, will jump into icy rivers to rescue total strangers. If we know unambiguously that someone needs us a lot right now, we will probably drop everything and run to assist. But at the same time, we are hopeless at reading minds or taking hints. The next time we are in trouble, we must remember not to hate ourselves for requiring help and should call out, hopeful in the knowledge that most people around us will respond to our pain once it reaches their ears.
- The future of health is changing rapidly, claimed EY, as health systems move beyond digital, beyond connected, to fully leveraging the world of artificial intelligence and smart technologies. Digital innovation is accelerating and giving rise to the care models of tomorrow — many of which can only be imagined today. Interconnecting people, the environment and infrastructure as a unified, intelligent, data-optimised system of care is the point where health becomes "smart".
- Women’s unpaid care work has a monetary value of $10.8 trillion a year. That’s three times the size of the world’s tech industry, according to Oxfam. All this unpaid care work leaves women and girls over 15 time-poor and “unable to meet their basic needs or to participate in social and political activities”. Not only that, but globally, 42% of women of working age are actually unable to hold down a job because of their unpaid care responsibilities, compared to 6% of men. But the good news is investing in care-supporting infrastructure, like access to water, sanitation and electricity, can really help, says Oxfam. “In low-income communities in India, in households with access to electricity, girls spend half an hour less each day on care work – and 47 minutes longer sleeping.”