This Carers Week, we are asking employers to raise awareness of caring and to recognise any unpaid carers in their workforce. There are some simple steps that employers can take to reduce carers’ feelings of isolation and ensure that people are able to balance work with their caring responsibilities:
- Use Carers Week to connect working carers to support available in the workplace and externally. Just talking about caring can help.
- Introduce and promote flexible working policies.
- Introduce paid carer's leave so that carers are not forced to take annual leave for caring emergencies
- Set up or encourage staff to set up a carers' staff network to connect carers to each other.
- Join the Employers for Carers forum and raise awareness of caring throughout your organisation. Visit Employers for Carers website or for employers in Scotland visit Carer Positive
You have a vital role in helping your staff juggle work alongside their caring responsibilities and helping promote a carer friendly workplace. For example, you can make it easy for your employees to talk to you about their caring role.