People who leave their jobs to care for a family member increase

The family is a commitment that assumes certain responsibilities such as caring for people around. Sometimes these tasks clash with the work, which forces the people to make balances to be able to fulfill in all the fields where the person operates. Situation that is complicated when there is a dependent person to the position of the employees.

A child with a disability or a sick person requires more care and continuous attention. In the absence of conciliation policies, many people choose to leave their jobs and dedicate themselves to their families. In fact, as revealed by the Adecco Foundation In its seventh disability and family report, the number of employees who leave their positions for these purposes has grown.


Difficulty reconciling

If in 2012 the number of people who had left their job to care for a family member was 74.300, in 2017 this figure grew until 2017. An increase of 44% in five years and that has two explanations. On the one hand, the growth of the aging population and, therefore, dependent. On the other, the lack of labor conciliation policies that have not accompanied the incorporation of both parents into the market.

In fact, the 65% The parents of a child with a disability say they can not telecommute. Only 10% say they have this facility to reconcile the care of their relative and their job. Finally, 25% of the participants in this report emphasize that it is only possible in specific cases.


The reality of these families is that they need a commitment to reconciliation since their presence in the lives of their children is very important. The family is the crucial actor so that all minors, but especially those with disabilities. These people need to spend time with their parents, they are their first reference and those responsible for instilling values ​​such as equal opportunities, self-esteem, confidence or strength.

"Depriving children with disabilities from their parents' company is a step backwards, while facilitating it is a bet for the future," he says. Myriam Won, consultant of the Adecco Foundation.

Proposals to conciliate

Several reports have also been presented in this report tips that could help reach conciliation:

- Telecommuting. 91% of the participants indicated their desire to work from home to be able to fulfill their obligations at home without having to leave their employment aside.


- Possibility of leaving the workplace in case of family emergencies.

- Flexible hours and working hours.

- Temporary exemption with the reservation of the position.

- Possibility of change of shift, if applicable.

- Measures for approaching the home to the workplace: bus route, parking space in the company, etc.

- Meetings by videoconference to avoid trips.

Damián Montero

Video: What It's Like To Take Care Of Multiple Family Members At Age 15 (HBO)


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