Carers Week: Balancing work and care

From 11-17 June 2018 it is UK “Carers Week”.  Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges carers face and recognise the contribution carers make to families and communities throughout the UK. 

How many carers do you have working in your organisation? How can you support them so that they can achieve a satisfactory balance to meet both their caring and work responsibilities?  If you are a carer, what assistance is available?

For employers and employees alike, caring responsibilities can impact on the working relationship.  72% of carers give up work in order to carry out their caring responsibilities largely due to the perception (which is sadly often correct) that they cannot balance both work and care successfully.  Carers often suffer from lack of sleep, stress, anxiety, exhaustion and have financial concerns about their situation.

Employers can assist by considering flexible working applications sympathetically or perhaps even suggest a change to working arrangements themselves if it appears that the employee is struggling but doesn’t want to ask for help.  An agreed temporary revision to hours could be all it takes in order to redress the employee’s work life balance and get them back on track to being a productive employee.

For employees often the best way of achieving a resolution is to talk about matters early on, either with HR or a trusted manager.  Alternatively many employers offer an external, confidential advisory service called an “Employee Assistance Programme” which employees can use to obtain initial support in confidence.

If you are an employer or employee concerned about caring responsibilities and the impact on the employment relationship our employment team will be happy to assist. Call today on 01702 338338 or 01277 500123.