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Centrica, member of Employers for Carers, estimates that UK companies could save up to £4.8 billion a year in unplanned absences and a further £3.4 billion in improved employee retention by adopting flexible working policies to support those with caring responsibilities. According to Carers UK, one in eight adults are informal carers, meaning they provide unpaid care for a friend or family member. With over…
For International Stress Awareness Day, Hannah Parsons, a solicitor at DAS Law, takes a look at what the law says your employer needs to do about stress. The responsibilities of your employer Your employer has a ‘duty of care’ towards you (and all employees), which means that they must do their best to prevent you from coming to harm in the workplace. As well as…
As World Mental Health Day was celebrated globally on October 10th, this presents a great opportunity for employers to look inwards and assess whether they have the right support in place for their staff. With one in six people experiencing a mental health issue in a given week, supporting mental wellbeing in the workplace can no longer be ignored. Here, Jaan Madan, Workplace Lead at…
The UK could be risking £12 billion a year in economic output if employers do not fully embrace flexibility within five years, a new study has revealed. The report, developed by workforce management expert Quinyx in collaboration with Development Economics and Censuswide, calculated that by embracing and implementing more flexible working arrangements in the future, UK businesses could generate an output of £570 billion per…
Head of Employers for Carers, Katherine Wilson, talks about how encouraging flexibility in the workplace can make a big difference to carers, while also enhancing staff retention and productivity. According to the 2011 census, three million people in the UK combine working with caring for a disabled, seriously ill or older relative or friend. Without the right support, the stress and pressure of juggling work…