Supporting Carers at Work

It’s estimated that currently 1 in 7 of the workforce are caring for somebody who is ill, frail or has a disability.  The number of carers in the UK is set to rise, which will mean a significant increase in people trying to balance work and caring responsibilities.   

Research shows that adopting a flexible approach to supporting carers in the workplace achieves:

  • Reduced absenteeism
  • Lower staff turnover
  • Reduced sick leave 
  • Improved recruitment and retention
  • Increased morale, productivity and loyalty 
  • Reduced stress

The University recognises the benefits of supporting working carers and of retaining skilled workers, rather than incurring the costs of recruiting and retraining new staff.  Therefore this guidance has been produced to set out some of the issues that you might consider as a manager.

Download a copy of Supporting Carers at Work - Guidance for Managers (PDF, 156K)

Note: some of the documents on this page are in PDF format. In order to view a PDF you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader Get Acrobat Reader