You may not want to tell your employer about your caring responsibilities, but if you do, they may offer you support.
Read your employer's policy for supporting carers.
You might find this information in your staff handbook or intranet. Or you could ask your:
- line manager
- HR/personnel department
- union or staff representative
Colleagues can be supportive, and it may help to discuss your situation with someone you trust at work. Other colleagues may have caring responsibilities too. You could talk to your employer about setting up a support group.
Macmillan's Work it Out tool gives information on managing your work and care responsibilities.
A number of initiatives are raising awareness of the benefits of supporting carers at work. These include the Carer Positive initiative, which awards recognition to employers who support carers in their workforce.
Find out more from Carer Positive.
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.
The information was last updated on: 27th July 2015