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The UK’s social care crisis was a hot topic during this month’s general election, serving to highlight the growing number of people who have to juggle work with caring responsibilities. Steve Herbert looks at how employers can support staff who are carers. I think most would accept that the 2017 general election probably raised more questions than answers with regard to the key political issues…
An increasing number of workers are taking on caring responsibilities, be this for children, elderly relatives or other dependents, and it’s becoming a major cause of workforce absence, claims new research. According to data released by group risk industry body GRiD, for 61 percent of employers these issues are a main cause of short-term absence (less than 4 weeks); for 49 percent of employers these…
Absenteeism in the workplace causes a variety of problems such as overworked employees, loss of productivity and a decreased profit for the company. And yet, with absences so often unavoidable, how can HR tackle the problem to make everyone's lives easier? Be more flexible It can be difficult for employees to fit in all of their commitments such as childcare, looking after an elderly relative,…
The skillset of carers should be celebrated in the workplace, but support is needed too, says James Mummery, chair of Transport for London’s Carers Staff Network Group. It is well-documented that businesses are more likely to be successful if they employ people with a wide range of experiences, backgrounds and skills. Having a diverse workforce encourages creativity and innovation – and employees who are carers…
By Rachael Saunders, age at work director at Business in the Community (BITC). As our population gets older, many more people will need care due to chronic health conditions or disability. This is often provided by friends or relatives who are balancing that vitally important caring role with a paid job. One in five 50-64 year-olds are carers, but Business in the Community’s Missing million …