Why don’t you try? : How to care for someone whilst working
If you’re working for an employer when you start your caring role, it’s important to tell them about your situation and your new responsibilities.
Talking to your employer
Caring for a relative with disabilities is often unpredictable and care arrangements can be complex. You need to talk to your employer about your concerns and commitments.
If you want to work, it is in your employer’s best interest to consider making reasonable changes to your work pattern to help you work and continue caring.
Many employers offer help to carers in various ways.
Think about how your employer could help you and talk to them about your needs. You and your employer might consider different arrangements including flexible working and special leave in emergencies.
There are different ways to work flexibly. You could work from home or have flexible start or finish times.
Other working arrangements are:
* compressed working hours (where you work your normal number of hours in a short time – typically fitting five days’ working time into four days)
* term-time or annualised working hours (the amount of hours you are contracted for per month or year are worked in a flexible way)
* job-sharing or part-time working
* flexible holidays to fit in with alternative care arrangements
Here’s a tip for you to try this week :
Discuss with your employer your current situation and what options may be available to you, Think about what flexible working option would suit your current circumstances, Have a discussion with your manager or supervisor about flexible working options, Download the Jointly App to communicate with your family and friends about your loved ones care, Take time this week to discuss with your family how you are feeling and what support you need from them,
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