Eldercare Support for Employees – Save Your Business Money
“A compassionate business or organisation deserves employees who are working to the best of their ability and support for them to maintain that ability during their time of personal crisis. My vision is to support employees who are working and caring, to help them to cope and to reduce the financial and productivity impact that their challenges have on a business or organisation.”
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I have solutions for businesses who want to keep their staff with eldercare responsibilities working productively for them, to save the business money by not having to replace them.
My range of support includes an online programme for staff with eldercare responsibilities that gives information and advice about the things they need to know and the things they need to do. In house sessions and 1:1 support are available.
Signposting to specialist advice and services
None of us know everything but I can signpost staff to specialist advice and services they may need to resolve some of the challenges they will face as part of having eldercare responsibilities.
Why supporting your staff who have eldercare responsibility is good for your business
Businesses survive and thrive because of the people they employ. First of all, your staff are your most important asset. Without them you’d have no clients and no business. Looking after your staff is your highest priority as well as your clients. Furthermore, if staff with stress go off sick, that affects your business productivity. A positive and sustainable workplace environment with staff who are engaged in the business is essential if your business is to continue and grow. As a business that puts the health and wellbeing of its staff as a high priority then part of your Corporate Responsibility towards them is to support them through a challenging and stressful time. They are more likely to stay as a loyal employee in the long term, making you an employer of choice, bringing value to your business.
“This course helped me with how to deal with my feelings of guilt and how to make time to deal with the combined pressures of work and caring duties.”
Businesses can save money by keeping their staff with Eldercare Responsibilities
Staff with eldercare responsibilities are often very stressed. Working and caring for someone with dementia or a long term illness is tough, so they may often be absent, go off sick or even leave the business. They can be expensive to replace, but a business can save money by actively supporting them at a very difficult time so they stay working and productive. They are more likely to stay working for the business in the longer term which maintains income, turnover and sustainability.
Many staff with eldercare responsibilities are amongst the most experienced and skilled within a business, so recruiting to replace them will be expensive and a challenge because there are not many potential people to replace them. The cost-effective option is to actively support them to stay working and productive for the longer term.
I can help businesses to do this.
“I recommend this course is beneficial for staff to attend as it helps with emotional wellbeing. This may lead to less sickness at work.”
Why might staff who work and have eldercare responsibilities be less productive?
They are stretched between working and caring.
They’re likely to be very stressed and find it difficult to concentrate at work. They may need to make phone calls whilst at work, taking them away from what they’re doing.
They might need to take time off to sort out care or hospital provision. This is difficult if their relatives like close by and are providing care themselves. It’s even more difficult if they live some way away.
To maintain your business sustainability, save money on recruitment and be an employer of choice, you need first of all to have a positive, safe workplace so staff can enjoy good health, mental health and wellbeing
Staff who are working for you whilst directly or indirectly caring for a loved one with dementia or other complex medical condition will be stressed, distracted and consequently not working at their most productive level. This impacts on your business sustainability especially if they are one of your experienced and skilled workforce.
Keeping your business sustainable means you need to retain your experienced staff as well as growing your workforce. Experienced new staff are difficult to find and expensive to recruit so keeping your existing staff happy and healthy at work will save your business money.
Being an employer of choice is essential for the reason that staff are more likely to remain working for your business than to leave so keeping your business sustainable and likely to grow.
A positive and safe workplace will support staff maintain their own health, mental health and wellbeing. A persons’ health, mental health and wellbeing can be hugely impacted if they are struggling to cope with working whilst caring for a loved one, particularly if they have dementia.
If staff are not coping with working and caring they are likely to be frequently absent. They may go off sick. They may be distracted and not able to focus on work so their productivity reduces. They may leave your business completely so you will have to recruit to their post which is costly, time consuming and you may not find a replacement who has all the experience and skills you require.
Taking positive action as part of Corporate Responsibility to support them with specialist advice, guidance and support from Joined-Up Working will enhance an existing Employee Assistance Programme and will pave the way to you becoming both an employer of choice and save money on recruitment costs.
A comment from an employee on the “Support for Staff Working and Caring for a Loved One” was “Great that my employer recognises the impact of caring responsibilities and is investing time to support staff”. This demonstrates the positive effect of services that provide information, guidance and support to staff with eldercare responsibilities.
“The really lovely and unexpected part of the course is that we have become a supportive group to each other even now after the course has finished. I think we all feel that we could talk to each other if we wanted to about our current situation.”