Supporting carers in the workforce can help your business

By Anita Jaynes on 2 February, 2017

1 in 9 employees is juggling their work with a caring role. They may be looking after a seriously ill spouse, an elderly or disabled family member or a friend who couldn’t manage without their help. With an aging population this figure is set to rise and Working For Carers are hoping that more businesses will join them and recognise the value of supporting working carers.

“Juggling work and caring for someone can be incredibly stressful and employers can play a big part in helping staff members at times of crisis, enabling them to stay at work, “ said Working For Carers, Lizzie Rapley. “We want to help businesses support their employees and prevent the costly loss of valuable staff members.”

The Working For Carers Annual Gala and networking event on Thursday March 2 is an opportunity for businesses to find out why supporting the carers on their staff makes business sense.

“The benefits are huge – reduced absences, improved staff morale, the retention of experienced workers and the provision of a supportive culture that will attract future employees.”

Lizzie continued: “If you are a business owner, senior manager or HR professional, join us on March 2 to find out how you can increase the social value of your business.”

Part of local charity, Carer Support Wiltshire, the Working For Carers initiative is a membership and accreditation scheme that helps business owners to create a carer-aware workplace, and supports the charity’s efforts towards identifying and supporting the nearly 48,000 unpaid carers in Wiltshire.

The event takes place on Thursday, March 2 at Devizes Town Hall.

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Pictured above: 2016 Bronze Award winners Goughs Solicitors