Do you have staff with caring responsibilities and find it challenging to know how best to support them in the workplace? Employers increasingly recognise the need to support working carers, finding that doing so successfully can benefit both the employees and the organisation.
Carers Scotland is calling on third sector organisations to join the growing number of Carer Positive employers across Scotland so that more carers, and you as employers, can enjoy the benefits of a caring and supportive workplace. The pioneering scheme, now in its fifth year, recognises employers for their commitment and actions in developing carer friendly and inclusive workplaces which contribute to improved employee wellbeing and retention.
Research by Carers Scotland/Carers UK reveals that more than 300,000 people in Scotland have quit their job to care for a loved one who is older, disabled or seriously ill. The average number of carers in the workplace is 15% across the UK, meaning almost 400,000 people in Scotland are juggling their paid job with caring. That translates to one in seven of all workers in Scotland – and as the population ages, this figure will continue to rise. The importance of having the right workplace support and flexibility cannot be underestimated – to carers, their employers, and society as a whole.
Over 180 organisations across Scotland are now recognised as Carer Positive employers, including many from the third sector. The scheme is simple to take part in, entirely free, with support and resources provided by Carers Scotland as required. Participating employers are awarded with a framed certificate and workplace posters, and can display the Carer Positive logo on documents and communication materials. They will also be able to access Carer Positive events and peer support.