Becoming a Carer-friendly Workplace


This guidance to aims to help employers create a carer-friendly workplace. The guide:

  • Discusses what we mean by a ‘working carer’ in the first place.

  • Examines the impact of COVID-19 on working carers.

  • Considers the business, legal and moral reasons for care-friendly workplaces.

  • Outlines five ways to help you, as an employer, create a supportive workplace.

It aims to help employers:

  • Develop and communicate a carer policy, framework or guidance.

  • Introduce flexible working to support working carers.

  • Provide carers’ leave (paid or unpaid) and be adaptable when carers need leave at short notice.

  • Help line managers to empower carers.

  • Provide information and peer-to-peer support.

The guide is available here.


An associated report is also available, which includes research exploring the experiences of working carers in England and Wales, produced in collaboration with Sheffield University.


The report is available here.

CIPD June 2021

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