Good practice examples

Understanding the benefits that flexible working can bring to both the employer and employees with caring responsibilities is an important part of developing policies and practices. 

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Annual or annualised hours contracts can be beneficial for both employers and employees, particularly for those employees juggling their job with caring responsibilities. Clio Springer from Personnel Today provides five key steps to managing them effectively.
 
 
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Plan ahead ... but be prepared for unpredictability

People with caring responsibilities can't always plan ahead - accidents or illnesses can occur without warning and care arrangements can break down unexpectedly.

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An organisational culture which allows carers to be open about their situation is key if these policies and practices are to be used by the very people they are intended for.

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As well as flexible working and special leave options other forms of workplace support can make a real difference to carers and help them remain in work. 

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There are a number of external organisations that provide support, advice and information for carers. 

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 Read our top ten tips on managing carers in your workforce.

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Many EFC members are spearheading good practice. You can get their tips on how to further improve carer support in your workplace.

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EfC member, London Fire Brigade (LFB), hosted an engaging and well received members’ event on 12 December 2011.

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Youir organisation will benefit from knowing what impact any carer support you have implemented has had.

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