Workingmums.co.uk Top Employer Award for Family Support is not just about childcare support. It embraces all kinds of caring responsibilities, including the growing number of parents who find themselves looking after their own elderly relatives.
It’s something this year’s winner Barclays has put into practice across the world. In China, for instance, there is an increasing focus on the implications for employees of the one child policy and a burgeoning elderly population so carers’ issues are rising up the agenda. In India, where Barclays has teams in various locations including Pune, the cultural norm is for families to look after the extended family; therefore, while many employees have parents and grandparents that they look after, they may not define themselves as carers in the same way as other global colleagues. Meanwhile, in the UK, changing demographics mean more and more workers have responsibility for caring for elderly parents – many at the same time as they are bringing up young families – and men are increasingly involved in caring roles.