Sociology- HUMAN RESOURCE 1426448

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Running Head: Human Resources 1 Sociology: Human Resources Name Institutional Affiliation
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HUMAN RESOURCES 2 Care Deficit in the United States In several societies, the responsibilities for looking after kids, the sick, those with disabilities or even the elderly were traditionally assigned to women. However, in our societies today, there is a global gendered division of labor such that both male and female or rather both parents are responsible for their children. The shift of women into employment and paid work in several states around the world has strained their responsibilities as caregivers. The care deficits due to these changes pose challenges to those persons who are working towards reconciling both their families and work. There also arise problems to the state policymakers who need to balance the care demands with equal chances for women and full advancements and utilization of available resources. The care deficits have become more active in the United States whereby the labor force involvement by females is increasing as the demands for care also rise (Meiksins & Sweet, 2008). Due to these many responsibilities, these women are forced to seek help elsewhere outside their families. The government of the United States is lagging behind in providing welfare to its employees such that it offers little or no help at all regarding caring for the citizens. Due to the inability of the government to provide social welfare, most families are turning to the non-formal private segments to seek for caregivers who are mostly the women workers who have migrated to the US. Availability of caregivers is a relief to the family; however, these families will not be able to spend enough time they need with their children. Examples of Care Work Not only parent workers in the society are tied to several family care responsibilities, but other workers also have care work tasks that can affect the way they administer these duties in
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HUMAN RESOURCES 3 their families and at work. Some of these tasks include caring for the children by spending time with them, dropping them to school and picking them in the evening, preparing their food, attending school meetings and taking them to the hospital when they get sick or for checkups. Apart from these responsibilities that majorly involve the parents, other duties include caring for the disabled, caring for elderly parents and other family members and caring for the ill. The workers also need to take good care of their health needs and should have at least some time for recreational activities or time to spend with their families and friends. Increasing the Supply of Care in our Societies To create family friendly policies and welfare support to the public concerning care deficit, the United States needs to come up with measures that aid in meeting the needs of their workers and getting the children to receive good care. The main features of the policy plan that needs to be employed in the US include supported child and care for the elderly, providing payments for caregivers during their leaves to ensure continuous income flows. Lastly, the US
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