How employers can support working carers
For carers in employment, having a supportive and flexible working environment can make a huge difference to maintaining and progressing career opportunities.
Support can take many forms at work, like:
- procedures for carers to identify themselves and feel comfortable about doing this
- practical support, like having somewhere to make a private phone call from, or support through Employee Assistance Programmes
- peer support, through a workplace carers' group, or by signposting to a local carers' centre or online forum
Workplace policies can outline the support available for carers, like:
- statutory time off for dependents/emergencies
- more specific (paid/unpaid) leave arrangements for carers (carer's leave)
- other work/life balance policies
- flexible working arrangements
Flexible working can be very helpful for carers, enabling them to effectively manage work and caring responsibilities. This can take different forms, including:
- job sharing
- working from home
- working part time
- working shorter days
- working compressed hours, full-time hours but over fewer days
- phased retirement
The Open University offers a course called Caring Counts in the Workplace, created for managers and policy makers, to help support carers in the workforce.
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The information was last updated on: 24th May 2017