In the UK, 600 carers give up work to care every day. 1 in 7 employees juggle work and care. Workers over the age of 45 are most likely to be affected, meaning employers stand to lose their most experienced team members. All of these issues create costs which can be avoided. The following video highlights the struggles which many employees face daily:
So, how can your organisation support working carers?
Carers Count and Carers Trust are working in partnership to build awareness of the growing need to help organisations identify and support working carers. Our aim is to promote carer-friendly workplaces, enable staff to continue working while caring for someone and prevent the loss of valuable talent for employers in Kirklees. We can support you to access resources which help your organisation to:
- Understand carers’ needs and issues in the workplace
- Develop carer-friendly policies and create a supportive work environment
- Implement staff awareness training
- Help carers to identify themselves as carers and to understand what support is available locally
For more information, or to speak with our dedicated Working Carer Partnership and Development Specialist, please get in touch on 0300 012 0231 or visit the Contact Us page.
Experiences from organisations across Kirklees:
Kirklees Council has teamed up with Carers UK to offer carers in our area free access to a wide range of digital resources to help make caring easier.
You can also join become a member of Employers for Carers to receive exclusive benefits.
Employer Working Carers Forum
As an employer in Kirklees, we invite you to join our Employer Working Carers Forum, where you can discuss ideas and share good practices with other organisations.
The forum will be held quarterly (dates and venues to be confirmed). For more information, please get in touch.
Download this self-assessment form which can help in planning your support for working carers:
CIPD research: 'Supporting Working Carers: How employers and employees can benefit'
You can also listen to a podcast produced by CIPD here: 'Hiding in plain sight: carers in the workplace'