Having dependants is a protected characteristic under Section 75 of the NI Act 1998.
At Queen’s we care about the mental health and wellbeing of our staff. We are committed to providing a supportive and compassionate environment, where people feel comfortable to talk openly about the things that are happening in their lives and to seek support, advice and information to help balance competing daily demands.
Few of us plan to become carers but 3 in 5 of us will be a carer at some point in our lives. It is important to support our staff carers so that they can remain in employment and progress in their career, alongside their caring role.
If carers needs are not addressed the following issues may arise:-
- Loss of talent – 1 in 6 carers leave work or reduce hours to care
- Costs of Recruitment – One year of employee’s salary or more
- Lost potential and productivity – Reduced working hours/ working below skill level
- Employee Health – Twice as many people with significant caring responsibilities report poor health if unsupported
- Absenteeism – More than 1 in 3 employers report increased absence due to caring if unsupported
Whereas providing support can achieve:-
- Lower staff turnover
- Reduced recruitment and training costs
- Greater productivity
- Lower absenteeism
- Higher Staff Morale
- More creativity and energy
Carers NI – “Why Support Working Carers – June 2018”
“If carers are willing to share information about their personal circumstances, the employer is on the road to becoming a high trust organisation with a good workplace culture. It’s about valuing your workforce.”
Rachael Saunders, Age at Work Director, Business In The Community