This week is National Carers Week, where the theme is ‘making caring visible, valued and supported’.
It is estimated that 5 million people juggle work and care in the UK, and this figure is increasing with many employees giving up work to manage their caring responsibilities.
As you will no doubt have heard on the news, this week has also seen the start of the new 4-day week pilot programme. The pilot is set up for 30 organisations to have their employees move down to 80% of their usual working hours with no loss of pay.
Whilst most of the commentary about this programme has been about quality of life, productivity and people having a day off, we haven’t heard much about how it may help carers to balance their work and caring responsibilities. We’ll keep a close eye on the pilot scheme as it progresses.
For now though, what are the practical things you can do to help make caring visible, valued and supported in your organisation?
You could consider offering your employees, who are carers, the opportunity to take similar leave to that available in your parental leave provisions. We’ve put together a free template policy to help you see how that might work in practice.