Work & care: measures in Swiss companies

A research project investigates if support structures for family carers already exists in Swiss companies and which barriers still remain.


Relatives, who provide care for their family members, frequently are in an active working life. This situation potentially creates major challenges for concerned employees, as well as for employers. Although good practice examples are known, there is a lack of reliable quantitative information on measures that are implanted by companies to facilitate the combination of work & care.


The focus of this research project that examines work and care measures in companies throughout Switzerland lies on the solutions that are established and the concerns that still remain on certain models. It aims to identify factors that are responsible for the implantation of support measures. In addition it will be questioned if the issue of combining work & care responsibilities plays a significant role within companies and how relevant information is communicated. The objective is to recognize which support employers need to develop, evaluate and establish certain measures.

Research design
The main resource of this project is an online survey of HR managers in 5000 Swiss companies. Certain aspects will be discussed in more detail within short in depth conversations. Further the outcomes of validation workshops will be taken into account. Prof. Dr. Iren Bischofberger, programme manager “work & care” at Careum Research, will function as a consulting expert within the project team.

Project team



Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH), support programme “relief offers for relatives providing care”


July 2017–February 2019