Earlier this month our Director of Employer and Strategic Partnerships, Denise Priest, shared insight into today's modern families and the reality that we are all more likely than ever to become carers.

In her article, Denise highlights that more people are becoming carers for both children and adults too, and we have seen a rise of the “sandwich generation”, those who have the added pressure of caring for both dependants.

The role of employers in supporting families is therefore important and there are many practical steps employers can take to further support employees. These include creating a culture where caring responsibilities are heard and understood, and offering benefits that include back-up care for children and adults, and encouraging government policies, such as flexible working, adjustment leave and Shared Parental Leave.

Denise explains, “Employers that recognise caring responsibilities will see positive returns for their organisation. The business is likely to run more smoothly if the caring needs of staff are understood and factored into the culture, benefits packages and work schedules, while an employer’s approach also helps productivity and employee retention.”

With an ageing population, it is clear that caring responsibilities are here to stay, and organisations must support the modern employees of not just today but tomorrow too.

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