Why don’t you try? : How to speak to your colleagues about being a carer
Colleagues can be very supportive, and it may help simply to discuss your situation with someone you can trust at work.
Other colleagues may also have caring responsibilities, and sharing experiences may give you added motivation to talk to your employer about how you can be supported.
This could even lead to the setting up of a support group or employee network.
To find out whether there is a carer’s policy or any extra support for carers in your workplace, you could check your contract of employment, staff handbook, HR policies or letter of appointment. If there is a carer’s policy then what support it will offer will depend on your workplace.
- Carers’ leave (paid or unpaid)
- Time off to accompany the person you are looking after to appointments (paid or unpaid)
- A carers’ support group.
Here’s a tip for you to try this week :
Speak to your employer about what carers support they currently provide, Support is available to you. Make an appointment with a care coach at a time to suit you, If you feel you are being unfairly treated, speak privately to your manager, HR team or workplace union about the challenges you are facing, If you feel comfortable, speak directly to your colleagues about your caring situation so they are more informed. Perhaps speak to them individually or within a staff meeting.
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