Working Carers are likely to need a range of support at different times, from access to a telephone to check on the person you care for, to leave arrangements to deal with someone coming out of hospital. Many Carers simply need their employer to adopt a flexible, understanding approach to their situation.
Carers in Employment: The Situation
As an employer you will understand the value of retaining experienced, skilled staff. But 1 in 9 of your workforce will be juggling paid work with caring for a relative or friend who is ill, frail or disabled. Most of these are aged 30+, those at the peak of their careers.
You may not know who they are, and they might not even recognise themselves as Carers either. But those who care as well as work can experience real problems. As a result, unfortunately 1 in 5 Carers feel forced to give up work to care full time.
The number of Carers is set to rise by 50% over the next 30 years: this is a growing, unavoidable issue.
How Carers may be affected at Work
Being a Carer is like having another job on top of an employee’s paid job, and on top of their family commitments, hobbies or interests.
As caring is unpredictable, it can be difficult to fit around paid work. Carers often feel they have no choice but to reduce their hours, change to less demanding careers or even give up work altogether.
The reasons they feel they have no choice are that they:
- can’t get the flexibility they need at work
- can’t get the time off they need
- can’t get the replacement care services they need
- don’t feel supported at work
The Business Case for Supporting Working Carers
Far from compromising business objectives, research shows that using a flexible, understanding approach with employees achieves enhanced business results. It:
- attracts and retains staff
- reduces employee stress
- educes recruitment and training costs
- increases resilience and productivity
- reduces sick leave
- improves staff management
- increases staff morale
- improves service delivery
- produces cost savings
How we can Support you
The Employment Liaison Officers work on the consortium’s behalf. They can offer local employers the following:
- Help identifying Carers in your workforce
- Ongoing support for Carers in your workforce
- Advice on how you can support Carers at work
- Information regarding Carers and legislation
- A Carers’ Charter to recognise your support for Carers in employment
- All of our services are provided free of charge and at your convenience
- Provide training / awareness sessions for staff and line managers.