Caring Employers

1 in 9 people in Ireland balance a family caring role alongside employment. Now more than ever, companies must support and empower working carers. Become a Caring Employer today and join companies like Irish Life and Bank of Ireland who are committed to creating a caring work environment, whether that is in the office or at home.

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Proof In Numbers

People juggling work alongside a caring role

210,000

People juggling work alongside a caring role

Eldercare-related work interruptions estimated cost to businesses [1]

€615 M

Eldercare-related work interruptions estimated cost to businesses [1]

Increase in children born with a disability (Census 2016)

40,000

Increase in children born with a disability (Census 2016)

Behind every company in Ireland, small, medium and large are excellent people who strive to deliver each organisations’ objectives on a daily basis.  And our people are our power.  The landscape has changed radically in Ireland since the Recession and it has become an employee’s market rather than the other way around.

And this change has shifted employer’s thought processes into looking beyond the standard remuneration packages to ensuring their staff’s work life becomes more balanced with their home life.

1 in 9 people in Ireland are juggling their work alongside a family caring role and we want companies to become more caring and commit to supporting this important group.  That means 210,000 people are balancing two very demanding roles in their life, with minimal break between either.  They provide unpaid care at home to their children (and adult children), spouses, relatives, siblings, friends with physical or intellectual disabilities, mental/chronic/terminal/addiction illnesses, ageing parents – the list goes on. Behind every cancer or dementia diagnosis, or child with Autism, or elderly person is most often a family carer.  It’s their Mums, their husbands, their daughters, their brothers.

Caring Employers partners with companies in a pledge to support this cohort – ensuring they feel supported and empowered in the workplace.  At Family Carers Ireland, we want to keep carers working, so they avoid isolation and the dangers of falling off a financial cliff by having to give up work.  Life is about compromise, and the same can be said for work.  It’s a two way street.

[1] MetLife Market Institute (2006) referenced by Lero et al. (2012)
[2] B&A Omnibus Survey 2019, surveying 1000 adults
[3] IDA Facts about Ireland

Challenges Facing Organisations:

Absenteeism
Due to commitments to the cared for person i.e. medical appointments, the ill-health of the family carer themselves

Experience Drain
Employees leaving or reducing hours to provide family care

Cost & Loss
Recruitment costs, hours and money spent training new employees, loss of career potential and productivity

WHY BECOME A CARING EMPLOYER?

Research demonstrates that family carers who have a job are generally happier, healthier and more secure financially than family carers who do not have outside employment. Over time, however, the cumulative effect of being a working carer places increasing stress on the employee. So the business case for employers to support carers centres on the merits of retaining superior employees and avoiding the costs and disruption of recruiting replacements.

DOES THIS REALLY APPLY TO ME?

Even if you have a high percentage of employee’s who may not be within the Sandwich Generation or older, caring must be identified as a journey that starts much earlier than we deem it to. It may initially involve helping with shopping and assisting with meals and medication management but this role can intensify over time. For others, caring can happen out of no-where, in the instance where a child is born with a disability or a spouse becomes sick with a terminal illness, or a parent has a fall. In all of these situations, companies need to ensure that robust support systems are in place to avoid losing valued employees.

THE BUSINESS CASE:

Family Carers Ireland is presenting a very clear business case for Caring Employers. With very little cost or restriction, you can provide these supports and foster a compassionate community and progressive team ethos which leads to a more productive workforce.

There is evidence to show that the current impact of staff turnover, absenteeism and the stress caused by juggling work with caring responsibilities has a significant impact on business. A US study from 2006 estimated the cost to business of ‘eldercare-related work interruptions’ to be over $33.6 billion per year (0.24% of the entire US GDP that year).[1]

This gives some indication of the possible scale of the costs in Ireland. If family caring has a similar impact on work in this country, it could be costing Irish businesses over €615 million every year.[2]

By offering greater flexibility and support to employees juggling paid employment and family caring, employers could significantly reduce these costs, save money, increase productivity and retain their most valuable asset – their staff.

To deliver on these objectives, we are committed to providing you with a bespoke programme of events over a 12 month period that will provide practical supports for your staff. We bring our initiative into the heart of your organisation and we develop the programme around your employee needs and asks. In light of recent developments and changes to how we work due to COVID-19, we can also offer an online programme of activity that is as robust and comprehensive. 

Caring Employers is about collaboration and partnership.  You and us.

IS THERE A COST TO BECOME A MEMBER?

Yes, there is an annual fee to become a Member of Caring Employers.  We understand the needs of every company and the size is different, which is why we have a tiered approach to our membership.

What we guarantee with every tier however is a personal approach to working out what will best suit your particular company.  We are a charity and don’t like playing hard ball, but we are passionate about creating change in Ireland and making our workplaces more carer-centric.

To deliver our passion and continue our work, we do need to fund this project and your spend goes DIRECTLY into supporting family carers, as well as continuing to develop online tools for companies to be able to access.

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