Telling You Employer
Telling your employer that you are a Carer is not always an easy step.
Caring for someone is often unpredictable and sorting your care commitments can sometimes be complex. Talking to your employer about your commitments and concerns may help you. It is in your employers best interests to consider how they can support you and potentially make reasonable changes to your work pattern, hours, role etc. so you can remain in their employment and help you care.
Your employer may be able to help you in various ways. Think about how your employer could help you and talk to them about your Carer needs. Ask your employer if they have a Carers policy or another policy that could support you as a Carer, such as special leave.
Some companies operate counseling services and have advice packs for Carers, you may have an Occupational Health Team who you could approach. There are also services available through local third sector and voluntary organisations in your community. Trade unions can also be a good source of support, contact your rep and speak to someone. You may find that your colleagues are supportive, or even in similar caring situations themselves. As well as finding out about support available to Carers with your employer, you could explore the different supports and services available in South Lanarkshire and nationally. This could include getting a Carer’s assessment (Adult Carer Support Plan) from either your Local Carers Centre or Social Work department to see if there is any support the local authority can offer to help you juggle work and care.
Resigning from your employment
You may want to care full time and be considering resigning. Think about how this decision will impact you. You may find you have less income and your social contact may become restricted. You may lose your occupational pension and find your work skills deteriorating.
You may want to ask your employer about alternatives while you make a decision:
A career break
– This is an unpaid break from your employment that you may be able to agree with your employer for an agreed period of time.
– Depending on your organisations circumstances your employer may welcome a voluntary redundancy. Allow you access to a telephone so you can call the person you are caring for
– You may be able to make enquiries and ask if you would qualify under your employers’ scheme if they have one for early retirement
Staying in your employment
You may want to care and stay in your job but need to be at home or the person you care for’s home more than before you became a Carer. It is often difficult to do both.
You may want to ask your employer about alternatives to your current working arrangements:
Reducing your hours
– This will mean less income from earnings, you may be able to agree with your employer to work part time for an agreed period of time or permanently.
– Your employer may have another member of staff who wants or needs to work less hours, could your employer scope out the possibility that you could share a job
Work from home
– You may be able to make enquiries and ask if you would qualify to work form home.