Take Care: How to be a Great Employer for Working Carers

David Grayson
Cranfield University, UK


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Product Details
Format:
Paperback
ISBN:
9781787142930
Published:
10 Jul 2017
Publisher:
Emerald Publishing Limited
Dimensions:
344 pages - 152 x 229mm
There could be as many as 300 million caregivers in the global workforce providing care for loved ones – elderly parents, a life-partner with a health condition, or a disabled child/sibling or close friend who needs support. As populations age around the world and welfare support declines, the number of people voluntarily caring for another will grow. However, despite the demands and pressures that caregivers are under, many organisations offer little practical support to employees – support that, if provided correctly, will benefit both employee and employer. Take Care is a practical guide that enables employers to better understand and support employees with caring responsibilities. It presents this as part of good management practice that strengthens organizational resilience and sustainability, and also argues that this is now an integral element of being a responsible employer and organisation. The book includes practical examples from more than fifty employers around the world, from small businesses to global enterprises, as well as public sector and NGO examples. It also features the personal stories of individuals in the workplace who have successfully championed change.
The author describes how employers around the world can support employees who are balancing their jobs with caring for loved ones. He discusses the role of caring in being human and why employers and society need to support those who are working carers, including the business case for doing so; a seven-step framework drawn from his book Corporate Social Opportunity, to improve employer support; and how organizations can develop their operational practices even further, including how to support carers who are freelancers and how governments and other organizations and networks can build an enabling environment for taking care of working carers. Profiles of different employers and how they help working carers in various countries are provided throughout.

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