As part of our Carers in Employment initiative Nottnghamshire Carers Association (NCA) aim to support organisations to show their commitment to the unpaid carers within their workforce. Employers will benefit from free training, resources and ongoing support from NCA. Understanding that a “one size fits all” approach isn’t always feasible, NCA will help to review policies and procedures to enable employers to offer a level of support that is appropriate to their own workplace.

Providing employees with the support to manage their unpaid caring alongside their paid work offers benefits to them, their families and the employer. Examples of such support would be:

• An in-house Carers champion
• Access to a telephone at work
• Car parking space at/near work
• Flexible working hours

Supporting unpaid carers in employment will not only help skilled, experienced staff members to continue in employment and achieve a realistic work/life balance but also benefits your organisation in:

• Attracting and retaining staff
• Reducing stress
• Reducing recruitment and training costs
• Increasing productivity
• Reducing sick and absenteeism
• Improving service delivery
• Producing cost saving
• Increasing staff morale
• Improving people management

There are nearly 5 million people who currently have work and caring responsibilities within the UK. 1 in 9 of the workforce in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire has unpaid caring responsibilities at any one time

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