05 February 2020

The Director of Public Health’s annual report Taking Care of Business  is targeted at employers in the district and focuses on working carers – people who are juggling work and providing unpaid care to a family member or friend who cannot cope without their support.  

The numbers are huge with 1 in 7 workers providing unpaid care. This can have an impact on physical health, emotional wellbeing, finances and can result in people having to reduce their working hours or give up work altogether. This has big implications for workers, employers, our district and the economy.

Taking Care of Business encourages employers to recognise that identifying and taking steps to support working carers has business benefits - these include reducing absenteeism, retaining skilled staff, reducing recruitment/training costs, increasing motivation and productivity.

To support Taking Care of Business, Wakefield Council have purchased the Employers for Carers digital resource from Carers UK which is now available free for Wakefield based employers. The online platform include useful guides, e-learning for managers and staff, sample policies, best practice information, case studies, resources and information to signpost working carers to. Taking Care of Business is accompanied by a hard hitting film which shows the daily stresses that carers face.  The film uses a real life carer and Wakefield District staff as actors.

The report and film can be found here