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The year was 1998. I had just graduated from college and was working as an entry-level account coordinator in a large PR agency in New York City. I worked hard, but my days ended at 6PM when I left the office. Within the next year, though, Ethernet access at home had become a reality. Suddenly, I was expected to be on call for my boss…
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) have been confirmed as a leading organisation for accessibility and inclusion by Business Disability Forum (BDF). BDF awarded the FCO a Silver status in their world-renowned Disability Standard, a tool for measuring how well an organisation approaches disability, accessibility, and inclusion. The organisation scored 83% in the Disability Standard with perfect scores in three of its assessed criteria: Commitment,…

Do we care enough about carers?

Friday, 17 February 2017
Employers should consider support for employees who are also carers if they don't want to lose talented staff Carers UK released figures in December showing that every day 6,000 people become a carer – either for elderly relatives or following an accident or sudden health incident. Although the government plans to introduce extra funding for social care, it is important that employers know how to…
Employers for Carers estimates that one in nine workers are carers and one in six of these will leave the workforce due to their caring responsibilities. For Aviva UK that’s 1,700 carers, of which 300 are in danger of leaving. In the current economic climate it is an important time to retain skilled workers rather than relying on recruiting and retraining new staff. This clear…
Beverley works full-time. She does her grandchildren’s school run every morning, and spends one evening a week and every Saturday with her 85-year-old mother, who lives alone and is increasingly frail. “This isn’t how I pictured being 60. I do think, gosh, when will I be allowed to get old myself?” Beverley said. “I thought I’d be slowing down now and shedding my responsibilities, but…