You might be familiar with the classic definition of sustainable development as formulated by the Brundtland Commission in 1987: “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” Today, we might more immediately define sustainable development as how 9-10 billion people will live at least reasonably well, within the constraints of One Planet, by mid-century.
David Grayson says smart employers understand the business case for helping the growing number of older employees with caring responsibilities.
There could be as many as 300 million caregivers in the global workforce providing care for loved ones. 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 organisational resilience and sustainability, and also argues that this is now an integral element of being a responsible employer and organisation.
I went half-time in my job at Cranfield to look after my mum in her final years. Like many others, I hadn’t thought of myself as a ‘carer’ early on - just someone doing what they wanted to do for a parent who’d always cared for me. And I struggled. My social and professional circles narrowed, efforts at staying fit were abandoned.
Employers large and small need to take care! They are at risk of losing some of their most valued and valuable employees. They will not lose these employees to competitors or to self-employment but to the employees’ loved ones, for whom the employees have significant caring responsibilities.
Next week (July 11th), the publishers Emerald are releasing my latest book: Take Care - How to be a Great Employer for Working Carers. I have gone with a different publisher this time, as this is a rather different topic to my previous ones.
2017 Corporate Public Affairs Oration delivered by Prof David Grayson CBE, professor of Corporate Responsibility, Cranfield School of Management and chairman of Carers UK for the Australian Centre for Corporate Public Affairs.
David Grayson explains why supporting carers in their places of work is a crucial, but often overlooked, part of diversity and inclusion policies. He outlines five practical steps employers can take to ensure that they operate as responsible organisations.
Professor David Grayson CBE, Director of the Doughty Centre for Corporate Responsibility talks about his personal experience of looking after a loved one and the changes that employers can make to support employees with caring responsibilities.
Professor David Grayson CBE, Director of the Doughty Centre for Corporate Responsibility at Cranfield School of Management talks about his new book: Take Care: how to be a great employer for working carers. The book is aimed at employers of all sizes around the world who would like to understand why they should look after their employees who are juggling working with looking after a loved one.