A third (34%) of businesses have a formal written policy in place to support working carers, according to research by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).
Just over a quarter (26%) have a formal policy in place, while 8% of employers have an informal verbal policy for carers.
Only 38% of businesses don’t have a strategy in place.
Policies employers are most likely to offer for working carers:
- Flexible leave arrangements (49%)
- Flexible work arrangements (48%)
- Time for private phone calls (32%)
- Counselling (22%)
- Employee assistance programmes that offer information and advice (22%).
Top 5 reasons why employers provide support for working carers:
- The right thing to do (65%)
- Improves work-life balance (60%)
- Improves morale and engagement (58%)
- Increases retention (53%)
- Reduces absenteeism (50%).
45% of employers stated that the policies taken in helping working carers have made a positive difference to their business culture.
Claire McCartney, research adviser at the CIPD, said:
“The onus is on employers to create and promote policies and initiatives in the workplace that empower working carers, sending employees a clear message that their organisation will support them.
“Measurement is key to supporting working carers – without it, employers cannot know how many working carers they have and what the most appropriate policies, tools and support might be.”