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:
b – through specific employee surveys?
c – via the recruitment and induction process?
d – via employee appraisals or one to ones?
e – through a voluntary carers register?
f – Other methods? Please list if yes.
1.3 – Does your organisation know how many carers you have in the workforce through:
b – Using data of how many employees have reduced their hours because of caring roles?
c – Using data of how many employers have left the organisation because of caring roles?
d – Other methods? Please list if yes.
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 :
b – Unpaid carers leave
c – Career breaks
d – Carers “passports”
e – Flexible working
f – Temporary part time working
g – Time off for appointments
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?
5.1b – Are carers supported to communicate with other carers in internal working carers forums?
5.1c – Are carers supported to communicate with other carers in another method? Please list.
5.2 – Are carers supported by and do they support other carers?