carer jobs aren't always easy
From physical to mental troubles, there are ways you can help support your carers everyday!
There are 1.65million carer jobs in England and 1.52 million people who are working in the care sector (Skills for Care). Although caring for someone can be a really rewarding career, that doesn't mean it's always easy.
There are physical and mental strains that comes from being someone's lifeline. If you're in the care sector, you might be looking at ways you can support your employees. Whether that's creating a culture that puts celebrating success at it's heart or you want to increase your focus on staff wellbeing.
Here are five ways you can use employee benefits and rewards to keep your carers engaged...
1. creating a wellbeing strategy
Having a strong employee wellbeing programme can help to reduce employee absenteeism, help you attract and retain talent and improve employee engagement. A good wellbeing strategy should include a focus on all five pillars of wellbeing. These are:
- Mental and emotional - supporting mental health
- Social wellbeing - keeping people connected
- Financial wellbeing - minimising financial strain
- Physical wellbeing - staying physically healthy
- Digital wellbeing - using technology in a healthy way
A well-rounded employee wellbeing strategy should address all these pillars, and you can use employee benefits to help.
Helping your employees Mental and emotional wellbeing:
Whether it's stress, anxiety or depression, mental health issues can affect our lives in many ways including our work. Over 13 million working days are lost every year to stress-related illnesses. Offering an Employee Assistance Programme can give your staff access to counselling online, face-to-face or via phone and email, 24-hours a day, 365 days a year.
Supporting their physical health:
EAPs don't only support your carer's mental health, they can help provide advice and support on diet and exercise too which are important in helping us stay physically well. You could also look at introducing a Cycle To Work scheme! They allow your carers to get to work in a way that keeps them fit, get fresh air, and means they can go to their shifts even outside of public transport hours, all while saving money on the bike of their dreams.
Focusing on financial wellbeing:
2. REWARD BEST BEHAVIOURS
Rewarding your employees helps to create an environment where your teams feel valued for the work they do. They can also help to boost morale, employee satisfaction and productivity.
You could use eVouchers that can be instantly delivered to their inbox, and are environmentally friendly too! Or, if you're looking at making rewarding a regular part of your culture, a reloadable prepaid card could be perfect. This way you can top up the cards anytime you want to reward your employee.
3. ENCOURAGE AND SUPPORT SOCIAL EVENTS:
As part of a more supportive company culture, try encouraging regular events to help your employees relax, build connections with their colleagues and have fun. Being a carer can be stressful, so it's important to help your staff find ways to let off steam.
These could be anything from a virtual pizza making night to an online Zumba class together. Speak to your carers and ask what they would want to do, the results might surprise you!
4. Make Your Employee benefits Easy to access:
Having a well-rounded employee benefits package is great in helping keep your carers happy, healthy and engaged with your company. But, they need to be easy to access so you, and your employees, can make the most out of them. Having an employee benefits platform helps to keep all your benefits in one place, so your staff know where they need to go whatever benefits they're looking for.
How we can help:
We know it isn’t always easy to know how to offer a comprehensive employee benefits and reward strategy. If you want to learn more about the ways you can support your carers, why not get in touch with our experts? They can help guide you through solutions and plans you can put in place.
Skills For Care - The State of the Adult Social Care Sector and Workforce in England