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Juggling work and care is hard.

There are a number of measures organisations can make to retain talent and support employees with caring responsibilities. These changes do not need to be expensive, or represent a major change to how an organisation operates. Even a simple change such as identifying carers as defined in the Carer Recognition Act (2010), is a first step in supporting carers in the workplace.

Flexible Work Arrangements:

Changes to hours of work such as a reduction in hours or changes to start and finish times.

Changes to the patterns of work, such as 'split-shifts' or job sharing arrangements.

Changes to the location of work, such as the ability to work from home or remote offices.

Another way to develop a carer friendly workplace, is to ask carers directly, what supports they require. To hear firsthand about the experiences of a working carer, download the podcast interview below.

Listen to Episode 1, where Rachel discusses her experiences in unexpectedly becoming a carer for her adult daughter. Rachel also speaks candidly about the practical and meaningful measures her workplace took, in order to support her with her caring responsibilities.

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What industries do the majority of carers work in?

of employees with caring responsibilities are managers and professionals.

of employees with caring responsibilities are technicians, trade workers and labourers.

of employees with caring responsibilities are clerical, administrative and sales workers.