Nearly 1 in every 8 workers in the UK is a carer and close to 70% of carers have quit work or reduced their hours due to the stress of juggling work with care. Changing demographics and an ageing population mean that 3 in 5 of us will end up looking after a loved one at some point in our lives. Illness, an accident or the deterioration of an existing condition are rarely planned for - becoming a carer can happen at any time.
Supporting carers across the workforce isn’t just good for employees; it’s good for business too. Research shows that supporting staff to effectively juggle their home and work life, and continue in employment, holds valuable benefits for the business, including:
Worcestershire Association of Carers, a well-established local charity are now a delivery partner for Working for Carers (W4C) which is an regional accreditation scheme for employers helping local businesses to identify and support the carers in their workforce. This demonstrates a positive and proactive approach to supporting employees who are caring for someone outside of work. Research shows us that most employers are unaware of how many of their staff members are carers and many working carers don’t realise there is any support available to them.
What is the benefit of W4C to Employers?
Becoming a W4C employer demonstrates a company’s positive attitude towards staff members with caring responsibilities outside of work. It shows that they don’t just care about their business; they care about their people too. And since employees are arguably their most valuable asset, that can only be a good thing. It can also help with staff retention and make you an attractive employer to future candidates.
What are the benefits to carers?
Employers who have joined the scheme will be supported to support carers at work more effectively. As a result employees might benefit from their employer developing new carer friendly policies and practices, or ensuring that all managers have been trained in carer awareness and therefore feel more confident to support carers in the their workplace.
What can Employers access via W4C?
By signing up to W4C employers can access a network of likeminded employers and get access to exclusive membership resources and special offers. Members can view and download a range of help guides and training courses, all designed to help you to create a carer-friendly workplace. Benefits also include :
• Access to an online library of downloadable resources
• Unlimited access to our online training centre for staff
• Company listing plus website and social media links in our Members Directory
• Business networking events and hosting opportunities
• Discounted advertising in our charity partner newsletters
• Special offers and discounts to pass on to your staff
• Unlimited free vacancy listings on our online Jobs Board
• Monthly e-newsletter
How can Employers sign up to Working for Carers ?
If you’re an employer based in Worcestershire and would like more information on the scheme please contact Jane Taylor W4C lead Jtaylor@carerworcs.org.uk or call directly on 01905 751348.
Alternatively you can visit https://www.carersworcs.org.uk/working-for-carers
Employers can sign up directly online on this site by using our reference number WorcsW4C when submitting their contact details