Research Report

Creating an enabling future for carers in the workplace

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Creating an enabling future for carers in the workplace

Published June 2016

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This report, produced in partnership with Westfield Health, explores the growing trend of working carers within the workplace. The findings articulate a need for employers to recognise this increase and it's impact on both the employer and employee.

Demographic change means that we are all juggling more complex family lives with increasingly demanding working lives. With an ageing population and people living longer, many employees are finding themselves part of the ‘sandwich generation’ – balancing working commitment with caring for older family members and looking after their own children. Caring not only impacts on employees’ working lives, but can also affect employers through rising levels of absence.

In the report we highlight the growing trend of working carers, and what this means for organisations. We provide actionable recommendations on how can employers can become more agile, and how they can provide support to their staff.

Content of the report
  • Executive summary
  • Employer survey
  • Summary of findings
  • Qualitative research
  • Summary of findings
  • Recommendations
  • Appendices

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Press release

'More than three million workers in the UK are providing informal care to older parents or dependents, and this figure is expected to rise, as many more employees are likely to find themselves in the ‘sandwich generation’ – balancing working commitment with caring for older family members and looking after their own children'. David Capper, Westfield Health’s Executive Director – Commercial