At Great-West there’s elder-care help on staff

By Uyen Vu
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 09/13/2004

At the Winnipeg-based insurance company Great-West Life, helping employees retain peace of mind is an important aspect of helping them achieve work-life balance.

That’s why the company has on staff a family services co-ordinator, Wendy Hague. Her job is to help any of the 2,300 employees at the firm’s Winnipeg offices sort out family issues, from parenting to elder-care concerns. Increasingly, the latter issues are on workers’ minds when they walk through her door.

“It’s mostly due to the age of our staff and the age of the population at large. More people have aging parents now and it’s starting to impact on their lives as they assume a more caregiving role.”