The social impact sector is largely made up of women workers — women make up 80 percent of the non-profit workforce alone. Many of these women, like the author of this essay, take on a disproportionate share of caregiving for family members. To be more resilient, the sector will need to better support and accommodate caregivers, and that starts with understanding their experiences.
“Flexibility is a ruse for ‘work 12 to 15 hours a day’”: Amanda Munday on caregiver-friendly work culture
Caregivers must choose between taking care of their loved ones and showing up to work — and the latter has a far greater capacity for flexibility. In order to prevent burnout, companies will need to be far more aware of their employees’ out-of-work responsibilities.