Carer Friendly Employers
With one in nine Australian employees being in a caring role, it is likely that a number of staff within your organisation are providing ongoing care or support for a family member or friend with disability, a chronic health condition, mental health condition, alcohol or other drug issues, a terminal illness or who is frail aged.
Carers WA are able to provide information and resources on how supporting and retaining employees in a caring role can benefit your workplace. We can also assist with implementing a Carer Action Plan which can enable your organisation to be accredited as a Carer Friendly Employer.
Carer-friendly workplaces make business sense
The more experienced a staff member, the higher the replacement costs if they leave. Employees are more likely to become carers between 45–64 years of age and failing to retain these experienced workers will represent a significant loss of resources and knowledge.
Carers are more likely to stay with an employer if their needs for flexibility and support are met. Implementing carer-friendly provisions is therefore a crucial investment in employee retention.
The benefits of becoming a carer friendly workplace include:
- Endorsement as a Carer Friendly Employer
- Attraction and retention of staff
- Building a resilient workforce
- Reduction of recruitment and training costs
- Improved staff morale and engagement
- Reduced employee stress and absenteeism
- Increased productivity and improved service delivery