Striking the Balance: Women, men, work and family

other_icon.jpgElder care is the next frontier of the work and family debate according to a new discussion paper from the Sex Discrimination Unit. The ‘Striking the Balance: Women, Men, Work and Family’ paper asks whether the traditional model of men as breadwinners and women as primary carers continues to shape the behaviour of carers and the policies of governments and employers, in spite of the range of choices supposedly now available.

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Leaving work in a hurry

other_icon.jpgIf you are a working carer chances are that sooner or later you will need to take leave at very short notice. What happens to your workload if and when you can’t make it into work?  Could your co-workers easily pick up your workload and continue doing it?  Over the years as a working carer I have collected some tips to make life easier for work colleagues when I have had to take leave work at short notice, and I would like to share them with you.

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Who is a Working Carer?

They are ‘out there’ in their tens of thousands…..people who work and also look after a child, relative or friend in need of help because they are ill, frail, have a disability or are ageing, however many people do not identify as a working carer. This article not only defines working carers but has information about the benefits and support available to this growing demographic.

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