Support For Every Carer At Work

This BITC member-only factsheet, gives examples of how to support people of all genders to share caring for their families.

Many employees provide care for family and friends which they need to balance with their work. Different types of care are entitled to different statutory support. But leading employers are starting to recognise that a more consistent approach to supporting all types of carers in the workplace is beneficial. Support For Every Carer At Work, a Business in the Community (BITC) member-only factsheet, gives examples of how to do this and includes case studies from Aviva, Centrica and Phoenix Group.

About Support for Every Carer at Work

Business in the Community (BITC) is asking employers to build back responsibly from the pandemic. One way to do this is by upgrading their policies to support people of all genders to share caring for their families, reflecting the extra pressure but also changed attitudes brought about by COVID-19. Actions employers can take to achieve this include:

  • Embed flexible working into the organisational culture.
  • De-gender parental care.
  • Offer carers leave to informal carers.
  • Consider a right to return from informal caring.
  • Use carers passports.
  • Offer mid-life MOTs.
  • Implement communication and training.

Download Support For Every Carer At Work to learn more.

About Business in the Community’s work on age

The workforce in the UK is changing fast and you need to act now to unlock the opportunities of multigeneration teams. A third of all workers are now aged 50 or over1. By 2030 half of all adults in the UK will be over 502.  The employment gap between people over and under 50 years old has been steadily narrowing over the last 20 years. However, in 2019, there were around 800,000 people aged 50 to 66, the state pension age, who were not in work but wanted to be3. Understanding the challenges and opportunities of an ageing population is vital if we all want to create productive, innovative and inclusive multi-generational teams as we all lead longer working lives.

BITC supports employers to respond effectively to the ageing population and the needs of older workers and to leverage the benefits of effective intergenerational working.

Find out more about BITC’s work on age.

References
  1. Centre for Ageing Better (n.d) Work: State of Ageing in 2020
  2. Department for Work and Pensions (2017), Fuller Working Lives: Evidence Base 2017, February 2017
  3. Centre for Ageing Better (n.d) Work: State of Ageing in 2020