Company Successes in Supporting Caregivers and Mature Workers
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Over the years, PNC has been widely recognized for its accomplishments and success as a diversified financial services firm that reflects the needs, values and aspirations of its customers, employees, communities and shareholders. Regularly named among the nation’s most admired companies1and best companies for working mothers2 , PNC helps its employees achieve positive change in their health and life generally through the PNC Living Well program. Living Well promotes healthy eating, better nutrition, physical fitness challenges and more through GuidanceResources®, a program of ComPsych, the company’s wellness vendor. Employees can take advantage of a menu of supports-from online weight-loss trackers and recipes to individualized coaching with a registered dietician. In addition, PNC has been expanding its regional worksite wellness challenges-including Color Your Palate, which focuses on nutrition and healthy eating habits.
PNC understands that many employees face caregiving responsibilities at home as well. The company’s workforce demographics-predominantly middle-aged, with slightly more women-leave many associates in the ‘sandwich generation’, caring for growing kids and aging parents at once. For their needs, the Life Bucket program offers tools on how to care for an elderly relative or adult with special needs. Advice and referrals to local services and providers, housing options, in-home care, assisted living arrangements, insurance and Medicare and more is available at no charge to PNC employees.
- Fortune magazine (2012)
- Working Mother magazine (2011)
Ernst & Young LLP
Ernst & Young also promotes peer support through a network of employee support groups-including those for working moms, for parents of children with special needs, and for cancer survivors, among many others. Similarly, its Caregivers’ Circle provides peer support for those caring for an elderly parent or dependent spouse, child or other loved ones. Open to associates in all 90 E&Y offices nationwide, the Circle meets ‘virtually’ each month, and members discuss health and emotional supports, financial planning, and more. Caregiver training is also available through webinars and teleconferences.
Beyond health and wellness, KPMG also understands that many of its associates juggle caregiving duties at home. In response, the company offers third-party resources to assist employees when becoming a new parent or caring for their own parents. In partnership with Bright Horizons®, the firm provides backup elder care-a nursing aide or medical professional, for example-with only a modest co-payment required of the employee. And through its shared backup elder care program, KPMG helps associates ‘loan’ unused benefits to colleagues who have exhausted their balance. These and other support programs are designed to help KPMG employees reconcile competing work/life demands and get back to work sooner, making them a win-win investment.