Supporting working carers makes business sense
The difficulties and stress of juggling caring and work responsibilities leaves many people feeling that they have no choice but to leave or change their jobs. The replacement of employees is a huge expense to employers and finding the right people to fill the holes left in your business is no easy task.
Supporting the carers in your workforce to stay in work is a win-win solution: you retain an experienced worker and save on recruitment and training costs; they retain the income they are likely heavily reliant on and can continue to develop professionally.
Nearly 1 in 8 employees is caring for someone outside of work
The peak age for caring is 45-64, meaning that 1 in 8 employees is most likely at the peak of their career and a huge asset to your business. The number of carers in the UK is expected to rise dramatically over the next 20 years – from 6.5 million to 9 million. This will no doubt bring a significant increase in the number of carers in employment.
Research shows that supporting staff to effectively juggle their home and work life, and continue in employment, holds valuable benefits for the business, including:
- Improved staff retention
- Reduced absence
- Increased productivity
- Reduced recruitment costs
- Improved people management
- Reduced stress
- Improved morale
- Attraction of new talent
Accreditation to enhance your brand
Becoming a Working For Carers employer demonstrates your company’s positive attitude towards staff members with caring responsibilities outside of work. It shows that you don’t just care about your business, you care about your people too. And since your employees are arguably your most valuable asset, that can only be a good thing.
Step 1: Sign up as a Working For Carers member and get access to exclusive membership perks
Join our network of responsible employers and get access to exclusive membership resources and special offers. Our members can view and download a range of help guides and training courses, all designed to help you to create a carer-friendly workplace.
- 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
Step 2: Sign the Charter to become a Working For Carers Accredited Employer
The Working For Carers Charter outlines your positive approach to identifying and supporting staff with caring responsibilities, and provides some general and initial standards for you and your management team to aim for.
You will be provided with a branded charter certificate for you to display to your staff and customers, to publicise your commitment.
Step 3: Go the extra mile with a Working For Carers outstanding employer accreditation
Through a simple self-assessment process, employers can attain our advanced outstanding employer accreditation. We won’t audit your business or interview your staff; you simply tell us how you meet the criteria and send us the relevant evidence.
This higher level accreditation is completely free to members – login in to view the full award criteria.
Good for your business. Good for your team. Good for your community.
Being a Working For Carers employer holds more value than you might think. On top of the membership perks and potential cost savings for your business, you will be creating a more socially-aware workplace and workforce, and demonstrating a commitment to being a compassionate and responsible employer.
As more and more of us choose to buy from and work with companies who share our values, it’s important not to underestimate the value of corporate social responsibility. Showing your staff and customers that you care about more than just your product is vital in today’s market – not only for attracting and retaining customers, but also for attracting and retaining the best talent.
- Improve awareness in your organisation
- Create a more supportive work environment
- Demonstrate a commitment to equality and well-being
- Retain talent and instil pride in your workforce
- Increase the social value of your business
- Enrich your employer brand
What does it cost?
Working For Carers is a not-for-profit initiative, run by a partnership of carer support charities. We run on a self-sustaining model, meaning we don’t receive any long-term funding. Our aim of creating carer-aware workplaces is only achievable thanks to our members.
Through your membership, you will be directly funding the work of our local charity partners, thereby helping to provide vital support for the carers in your communities.
|Membership level||No. of employees||For-profit businesses||Not-for-profit / Charities|
|Standard||0 - 9||£100||Free|
|10 - 49||£200||£100|
|50 - 249||£500||£250|
|250 - 999||£1,000||£500|
|Affiliate||Any||Please contact us to discuss affiliate membership|
Patron membership is purchasable in addition to any standard membership. It is recommended for large organisations or those who would like a stronger alignment with our charitable work. This level of membership includes a range of services, above and beyond our standard offering, tailored to suit your business – for example, this could include in-house bespoke training for your managers and an onsite carer clinic run by a qualified support worker.
Affiliate membership is available to local authorities and business membership organisations such as chambers of commerce. Please contact us for more information.