There are many ways that an employer can better support carers in their workplace. These strategies do not have to be costly or require a major change in how an organisation operates.
A small, simple adjustment can make a significant difference in improving employee wellbeing.
5 easy strategies you can implement to become a carer-friendly employer today
- Raise awareness
- Defining the term carer within your workplace.
- Recognising and understanding the evolving caring role.
- Run an internal event for Carers Week.
- Foster a culture that values carers
- Make this clear in workplace policies.
- Encourage management to communicate an ongoing commitment to staff and support accessing leave where needed.
- Providing practical support with “lunch and learns”, education sessions or hosting peer support groups for carers.
- Arrange a consultation with staff who are caring
- Let staff know that you are looking at becoming more of a carer-friendly workplace.
- Use staff surveys and carer network meetings to discuss what is and isn’t working for carers at your workplace.
- Educate staff about flexible workplace arrangements
- Especially if you have varied leave provisions and ensure staff are aware of carers’ rights to request flexible working arrangements under the Fair Work Act.
- Consider making flexibility the norm, rather than the exception, for all job roles.
- Monitoring changes in the carer population, uptake of workplace supports, employee sickness, absence and turnover rates – and advocate for extra support as necessary.
Ready for the next steps? If you would like to learn more about becoming a carer-friendly workplace with solutions and resources, read our e-book that delves into more detail on implementing carer-friendly policies within your workplace. HR and management professionals searching for a comprehensive method of transition can also become accredited carer-friendly employers through Carers WA.
Want to know more about why it’s important to have a carer friendly workplace? Read “Why employers should support carers in the workplace” to learn how it will help your organisation’s company culture thrive.
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