Equal Lives with Centrica: paid carers’ leave, with a signature policy of a month’s carers leave

Centrica has a signature policy of a month’s carers leave, where annual leave will be matched by the company to support time out to care. 

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Centrica’s carers’ leave policy allows individuals to match their annual leave entitlement with paid carers’ leave of up to 30 days. It allows individuals the right to request flexible working from day one, to balance work with caring. 

Centrica’s aim is to help their employees both meet their caring commitments, and maintain an active career. They do this by allowing employees to manage their own annual leave, work and care responsibilities. 

On average, Centrica employees with caring responsibilities take just over three days of paid, matched carers leave each year. This puts carers in touch with other individuals with similar circumstances to share their stories and support one another.  

“We want all employees to feel supported, attain their full potential and, ultimately in doing so, heighten business performance.”

Simi Dubb, Consumer Capability Director and Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Centrica

Outside of network activity and policy, Centrica encourages its employees to utilise wider support services such as regional mental health first aiders. In addition, the #KeepTalking campaign was implemented to promote conversations and increase the comfortability on mental and physical disabilities within the workplace. 

“There is a clear business case for ensuring that our people can juggle work and care – and do so in a way that works for them,” says Simi Dubb, Consumer Capability Director and Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion at Centrica.

“Our over-arching commitment is to enable all employees to bring their whole-selves to work irrespective of background or circumstance. We continue to capture rich data via our annual count me in campaign, to enable further improvements to our policies, practices and support services. We want all employees to feel supported, attain their full potential and, ultimately in doing so, heighten business performance.”  

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