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  • Caregiver Strain
    Is the burdens and changes (emotional, physical, financial and family strain) experienced by the caregiver (anyone who provides assistance to a disabled or elderly dependant) attributed to the provision of care to the dependant. (Duxbury & Higgins, 2003, p. xii)

  • Creating a Supportive Environment
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  • Family to Work Interference
    "Occurs when family demands and responsibilities make it more difficult for an employee to fulfill work role responsibilities". (Duxbury & Higgins, 2003, p. xii)

  • Presenteeism
    "Is the term used by some to describe situations in which employees, while still at work, are not fully engaged in their jobs due to illness or other reasons, with a resulting decline in productivity". (Watson Wyatt website)

  • Psychosocial Environment
    Includes the way work is organized, leadership style, management practices, employee autonomy and control, and social support. (Shain, 2001)

  • Role Overload
    is when there is too much to do in a certain amount of time. (Duxbury & Higgins, 2003, p. xii)

  • Work-Life Conflict
    Consists of role overload, work to family interference, family to work interference, work to family spillover and caregiver strain. (Duxbury and Higgins, 2003)

  • Work to Family Interference
    "Occurs when work demands and responsibilities make it more difficult for an employee to fulfill family role responsibilities". (Duxbury & Higgins, 2003, p. xii)

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