Evidence suggests that if you support your working carers there will be a direct positive impact on the organisation in terms of morale, employee retention, reduced stress, increased performance and the overall performance of the organisation.
Take this carer friendly self-assessment to see how supportive your organisation is.
1.1 - Is there clarity in the organisation about what is meant by the term “carer”?
1.2 - Is there a system in place to enable carers to recognise or identify themselves if they choose to:
1.3 - Does your organisation know how many carers you have in the workforce through:
2.1 - Are carers recognised within your organisations HR policies?
2.2 - Is there a statement visible to all employees which makes specific reference to supporting carers within the organisation?
2.3 - Is there knowledge of and adherence to the minimum statutory employment rights for working carers?
2.4 - Is there a carers policy in place or a separate section within HR policies which recognises carers as a specific group?
3.1 - Is information on external sources of support and services for carers available?
3.2 - Do you provide external advice and support sessions via Carers Leeds for individuals during working hours?
3.3 - What options are there to support your working carers :
3.4 - Can carers access other practical workplace support? Please list these.
4.1 - Are policies and workplace support options communicated to all levels of the workforce?
4.2a - Is awareness raising / training undertaken in the workplace for managers?
4.2b - Is awareness raising / training undertaken in the workplace for other employees?
4.3 - Does the organisation engage with other employers to share good practice and awareness of working carers?
5.1a - Are carers supported to communicate with other carers in online forums?
5.2 - Are carers supported by and do they support other carers?