There could be as many as 300 million caregivers in the global workforce providing care for loved ones - elderly parents, a life-partner with a health condition, or a disabled child/sibling or close friend who needs support. As populations age around the world and welfare support declines, the number of people voluntarily caring for another will grow. However, despite the demands and pressures that caregivers are under, many organisations offer little practical support to employees - support that, if provided correctly, will benefit both employee and employer. Take Care is a practical guide that enables employers to better understand and support employees with caring responsibilities. It presents this as part of good management practice that strengthens organizational resilience and sustainability, and also argues that this is now an integral element of being a responsible employer and organisation. The book includes practical examples from more than fifty employers around the world, from small businesses to global enterprises, as well as public sector and NGO examples. It also features the personal stories of individuals in the workplace who have successfully championed change.
David Grayson is Professor of Corporate Responsibility at Cranfield University School of Management. He joined the world of management education in 2007 after a 30-year career as a social entrepreneur and campaigner for responsible business and diversity. This included founding Project North East (now PNE Group) - an innovative economic development social enterprise that has worked in nearly 60 countries), and serving as a Managing Director of the responsible business network Business in the Community. He has been a Visiting Senior Fellow at the CSR Initiative of Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and a Visiting Fellow at several UK and American business schools. David has chaired or served on various charity, social enterprise and public sector boards, including the National Co-operative Development Agency, The Prince of Wales' Innovation Trust, the Strategic Rail Authority, Housing21 and the National Disability Council. He currently chairs Carers UK. During his career, he has done work with numerous multinationals as well as for the OECD, EU and World Bank. He sits on the Corporate Responsibility stakeholder advisory groups for Camelot and for Lloyds Bank; is part of the Circle of Advisers for Business Fights Poverty and for the Asian Institute of Management's Ramon V. del Rosario, Sr. Center for Corporate Social Responsibility. He is part of the faculty of The Forward Institute. He was awarded an OBE for services to industry in 1994 and a CBE for services to disability in 1999. David has written several books on responsible business, sustainability and social intrapreneurism. The Guardian has named David as one of 10 top global tweeters on sustainable leadership alongside Al Gore, Tim Cook (CEO of Apple), Sheryl Sandberg (COO of Facebook) and Kumi Naidoo (the head of Greenpeace International). @DavidGrayson
FOREWORDS; IAN PETERS chairman Employers for Carers, UK and ARA CRESSWELL, CEO Carers AustraliaPREFACE: "Work: the chance to be me!" INTRODUCTION: Working and caring: this is personal PART 1: WHY CARE FOR CARERS? Chapter 1: Caring and carers Chapter 2: The Caring Journey: Despatches from the frontline Chapter 3: Care In The Community And The Workplace - The business case for action by employers and society PART 2: SEVEN STEPS TO BEING A GOOD EMPLOYER FOR WORKING CARERS Step 1: Triggers for change Step 2: Scoping what matters Step 3: Making the business case Step 4: Committing to action Step 5: Integration and implementation Step 6: Engaging stakeholders Step 7: Measuring and reporting SMES & CARERS Remember the 5Ps! PART 3: BUILDING A MOVEMENT Chapter 1: Champions! Becoming A Great Employer for Working Carers Chapter 2: When The Carer Is Their Own Boss - Supporting Freelancers Chapter 3: A Society That Cares: Creating An Enabling Environment For More Employers for Working Carers Governments Local and regional authorities Skills training agencies Trade Unions Business organisations & Corporate Responsibility Coalitions Freelancers' co-operatives HR professional development associations and business schools Independent Financial Advisers CONCLUSION: TOWARDS A PARADIGM SHIFT