Working For Carers Working For Carers Employers supporting working carers Nearly 1 in 8 workers is a carer and close to 70% of carers have quit work or reduced their hours due to the stress of juggling work with care. Changing demographics and an aging population mean that 3 in 5 of us will end up looking after a loved one at some point in our lives. Supporting the carers in your workforce isnt just good for your employees; its good for business. Research shows that supporting staff to effectively juggle their home and work life, and continue in employment, holds valuable benefits for the business, including: Staff retention Reduced absence Increased productivity Improved morale Working for Carers is a membership and accreditation scheme for employers. Becoming a Working for Carers member is an opportunity for you to demonstrate your commitment to corporate social responsibility and improve the social value of your business. It demonstrates a positive and proactive approach to staff wellbeing, equality and diversity. Becoming a Working for Carers member could be a very important step in supporting and identifying carers within your workforce. Find out more. Visit the Working For Carers website or email [email protected] Through our Working for Carers membership, Worcestershire Association of Carers recently submitted an application to be recognised as a Working For Carers Outstanding Employer. In January 2019 our application was successfully assessed and we are really pleased to be the first employer in Worcestershire to achieve this award. This initiative recognises those organisations who are making a meaningful difference to carers in the workplace by ensuring working carers are recognised, valued and supported at work. To find out more about this accreditation scheme for employers go to : https://workingforcarers.co.uk/employers/#membership-and-accreditation Support at work Many carers struggle to combine work and caring for a loved one. It is recognised that supporting carers to remain in work, work more flexibly or return to work can bring considerable benefits to carers and employers. For more information regarding support if you are a working carer, looking to get into work alongside your caring role or thinking of re-joining work if your caring role has finished, please click on our WICH Working Carers Factsheet for further information or call our Carer Helpline on 0300 012 4272.