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The Importance of Flexible Working for Carers

With a new generation of employees now hitting the workforce, the traditional way of running businesses has changed.

One example is with working hours. Flexible working was introduced as a way to encourage a healthy work-life balance.

Over the last few years, the number of people working in part-time employment has increased. As well as those returning from starting a family and the effects of the gig economy, it’s also due to those struggling to maintain a healthy balance between their work and personal lives.

For those working in care, a flexible working arrangement may mean staff taking less time off for carers leave.

In this piece, we’ll define flexible working and the rules surrounding it. We’ll also explore the importance of this type of work for carers.

What is flexible working?

It’s a work pattern adapted to suit both you and your employees. There are different types of flexible working arrangements, examples include:

  • Changing to part-time hours.
  • Changing working days.
  • Changing full-time working hours.
  • Working your normal weekly hours in fewer days (compressed hours).
  • Working from home part or fulltime (homeworking).
  • Retain two people for the same position on a part-time basis (job sharing).
  • Work usually rotating but specified hours (shift working).
  • Using technological advances to work from remote locations (teleworking).
  • Calculating working hours based on annually instead of weekly (annualised hours).

Unlike the United Kingdom, there’s no legal right to flexible working. However, since the introduction of the Code of Practice on Access to Part-time Work in 2006, it’s now become a best practice for employers have policies on improving access to part-time work.

Employees can make requests for flexible working. As an employer, you should have a procedure in place that allows for a discussion between yourself and the employee before making a decision. Remember to consider:

  • The employee’s personal needs.
  • The staffing needs for the company.
  • The implications to the business and their co-workers.

To avoid claims of discrimination, you must consider all request for flexible working fairly and in accordance with the employment equality legislation.

The importance of flexible working for carers

Accommodating flexible working requests can be a challenge especially for those in the care sector.

The work itself is one that can do with allowances for flexible working. It involves rotating working hours, usually long travel times and unsociable hours.

However, from the point of view of the employer, it may be tricky, as you’ll need to ensure there’s sufficient staff to cover at all times.

And there are benefits for employers and employees.

For employers

  • Boost employee morale.
  • Reduce absenteeism.
  • Reduce employee turnover.
  • Improve wellbeing.
  • Enhance company image as a family-friendly employer.
  • Increase productivity.

For employees

  • Better work/life balance to meet personal and family needs.
  • Less stress.
  • Increased job satisfaction.
  • Reduced expenses and time spent commuting.
  • More control over working hours and environment.

Final note Remember, while it may be a challenge to create a flexible working policy, the rewards are well worth it. As well as easing your staff’s work/life balance, you can also reduce business costs, improve output and ensure the loyalty of your staff.

Turning your retirement years in to your Golden Years

 There comes a stage in life when we will all need to hang up our boots and admit it’s time for retirement. Avoid letting this time slip away, turn your retirement into the time you want. You can now  finally achieve all the things you have only dreamed of doing over the past 40 odd years.

Just one thing you need to remember, today, you are as young as you will ever be. Use this, take advantage of your youthfulness. Many people look at retirement and assume it will be a disconnected, meaningless lifestyle. You are in control, you have the power to change this.

Growing older and wiser as our hair turns to silver threads is inevitable, but we can embrace these years ahead and grab as much from them as possible.

Don’t underestimate the Importance of Occupation after Retirement……..

“I’ve often been asked, ‘What do you Harold making the most of his retirement yearsdo now that you’re retired?’
Well..I’m fortunate to have a chemical engineering background and one of the things I enjoy most is converting beer, wine and rum into urine.
It’s rewarding, uplifting, satisfying and fulfilling. I do it every day and I really enjoy it.”

Quoted from: Harold Schlumberg

 

Harold is an inspiration to us all. Take a leaf out of his book, do something that is rewarding, uplifting, satisfying and fulfilling to you.

As we grow older, we fear our ability to make a difference fades. In these times we need an everyday hero like Harold to remind us that regardless of age or generation, we can make a difference. Become an inspiration to all other retirees, find the courage to do what makes you happy and share it with others.

Make sure you are counted in your retirement, spend time with family, maintain good health (exercise, take up a class,etc.), pass on your years of wisdom or peruse a personal interest. Turn your retirement in to Golden years with memories made of joy and happiness.

Carer of the Quarter – August 2019

Huge Congratulations to our ‘Carer of the Quarter’ Jennifer Twum!

Here at myhomecare.ie we believe that hard work deserves recognition. We have an exceptional team that works with us both internally and externally. They are hard working, reliable and willing to go above and beyond to ensure our care recipients and families receive the best quality of care.

As always, our homecare team had a difficult decision in choosing just one! Jennifer stood out because of her dedication towards her work and her caring nature towards her clients. Well done Jennifer. Thank you from everyone at Myhomecare.ie.

Pictured: Jennifer being presented with flowers as a token of our appreciation.

Paint it Pink campaign Thursday 4th October

Myhomecare are taking part in the ‘Paint it Pink’ campaign. 

Breast cancer is the second most common cancer affecting women in Ireland. 3,100 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year.

October is breast cancer awareness month and on Thursday 4th October our nationwide offices in Dundalk, Dublin, Cork and Galway wore pink to work to raise awareness about breast cancer in Ireland. Funds raised will be going towards our local hospices for cancer patients.

#PaintItPink

If you wish to donate to the Irish Cancer Society , please donate via this link:

https://www.cancer.ie/cupsagainstcancer/donate

For information and ideas on getting involved please visit:

https://www.cancer.ie/cupsagainstcancer/get-involved-in-cups-against-cancer#sthash.zYBDRZ99.dpbs

Friends of the Elderly Summer Trip 2018

Myhomecare proudly sponsoring Friends of the Elderly North-east Summer trip to Carlingford, Mourne Mountains & Dunleer

Friends of the Elderly ‘About us’

Friends of the Elderly is a non-profit Irish volunteer charity situated on Bolton Street in Dublin City. All funds raised are from donations, volunteers and corporate help. The charity was established nearly 40 years ago with the aim of bringing friendship and companionship to elderly people who might live alone or feel lonely. Starting off with only a handful of Irish and French volunteers, the organisation has expanded tremendously and has grown to over 300 volunteers and 500 elderly members.

Summer Trip

Myhomecare sponsored this years summer trip on 24th August to Carlingford, Co. Louth and 4 staff members volunteered as companions. It was a wonderful day spent with wonderful people. We started off in the Friends of the Elderly centre on Bolton St in Dublin city. We headed for county Louth where we stopped in The Glyde Inn in Dunleer for tea and warm (delicious) scones. We got the ferry in Carlingford, Co. Louth and drove through the Mourne Mountains to Newry. Here we did some shopping and headed back for The Glyde Inn for our dinner, a delicious three course meal.

Fantastic organisation that really makes a difference

Friends of the Elderly provides support, social engagement, inter-generational activities and community-based services. There are social engagement programmes such as: home visitation, friendly call service, social club and organising day trips or social events. Volunteering can one be of the most rewarding things you can do. By giving a little time, you are making an impact on an elderly persons life and gaining a friendship at the same time. https://friendsoftheelderly.ie/