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As we approach Good Care Month 2020, many employers use the awareness event as an opportunity to review how their workplaces support the needs of their employees who provide care.
According to the figures, you may not be aware of how many carers you employ. For instance, Carers UK report that one in seven of your workforce are likely to be carers for an older, disabled or ill person, but many will not self-identify as carers.
Combine this with the ongoing global health crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the amount of carers within your organisation will likely of increased - due to those with caring temporarily for people affected by the virus.
Clearly, there has never been a more important time for employers to ensure that they are providing appropriate support to those providing life-changing care.
In this guidance, we will cover why it’s imperative that organisations look after carers and the best ways of offering support.
Increased absences - Caring for an individual is a rewarding and selfless act that has numerous benefits for a carers mental wellbeing, such as increased self-esteem and confidence. However, combining a hectic work and home life as well as caring duties can be mentally and physically draining, and put the carer at risk of becoming burnt out. If left unchecked, your organisation could soon see a rise in absences.
Lack of retention - If carers continue to feel as though they aren’t being supported at work, they may have to make the choice to leave their employer. Research has found that 600 people give up work every day to provide care - with over 45’s being the most likely age group to do so.
Overall, balancing work and providing care for an individual is a truly exceptional act. It takes dedication, time management, focus and motivation - attributes that any organisation would be lucky to have in their employees.
It’s important that employers do their best to support carers in any way that they can. Their reward will be a healthier and happier workforce, who contribute to a positive work environment and culture - something that all organisations can benefit from during these challenging times.
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