Supporting carers at work
One in nine of the workforce is a carer.
Carer friendly places to work
Employers can make the workplace more accessible for people with caring responsibilities. Some employers have introduced flexible working arrangements and emergency leave so that carers can continue to work while managing their caring responsibilities.
Supporting Carers at Work
How can we support carers in the community?
One of our primary goals is to raise awareness of caring in the community, including your work business.
There are many ways that you can support carers in the community. You can make a commitment on how you are going to do this. Examples include supporting your own staff that are carers, offering concessions or discounts for carers, adjusting your times for carers, offering free sessions, and raising awareness by displaying Carer Trust posters and having leaflets available.
How can we support employees that are carers?
- Ask carers what will help them to successfully combine work and caring
- What employers can do to help.
- Allowing carers to leave mobile telephones on in meetings in case of emergencies.
- Flexing start and finish times to help with caring commitments before and after work.
- Allowing carers time and access to a telephone to check on the person they care for from time to time while working.
- Surveys, focus groups and employee carer groups are all useful ways to find out what carers you employ would value.