We live in a country where footballers and celebrities are given more credit on a daily basis than the doctors, nurses and carers who keep us alive. If you’re working in these industries you’ll no doubt understand that your job goes above and beyond such simplistic terms, and that the dedication required is far more complex.

Nurse, old lady and Zimmer frame

When looking specifically at those working in care and support work positions, it’s unfortunately easy to notice a certain level of exploitation. For an industry that requires its workers to help others around the clock with every task imaginable (often, including personal hygiene and toileting), it is a shockingly underpaid role. Many carers are finding that with low wages, combined with intense work schedules, that it’s almost impossible to continue being employed in the field. This harrowing diary published by the Independent shows exactly what it’s like to try to juggle all of the appointments care workers often have to do with quality care.

Of course, this isn’t what we want – these positions are vital as they help our most vulnerable in society to continue a dignified and comfortable life. Often, those working in health and social care enjoy working with the many different types of people they’re able to meet whilst doing the work, from the elderly to the sick to the disabled, and they do a fantastic job. Getting the work/life balance right though is an understandably difficult task in any field, but in one where people literally depend on you to go about their daily business or to stay healthy, it becomes far more important.

There are some tasks that the individual carers can take upon themselves, to make things easier, of course. These are pretty standard across the board, for example, making sure to keep a diary in order to be able to plan social activities and family time around work so that one doesn’t affect another. If time is planned effectively, the job will affect other aspects of life a lot less and in turn, work will be performed to a higher standard. With long hours, and often multiple different appointments being undertaken, this is especially important, and can be done for both activities out of work and daily work related duties, too.

However, sometimes time management falls on something as basic making scheduling better. If staff know in advance where they’re supposed to be, for how long, and, crucially, when, then they can manage their time much better. They’re happy because they’re not being messed around, employers are happy because their staff are organized and always where they’re supposed to be, and most importantly, service users are happy because they’re being respected and attended to wherever required.  Webroster can help manage staff with rosters and timesheets, and also offers other facilities to make the daily grind easier. It’s a consideration that shouldn’t be ignored, so it should be suggested where relevant. In cases where time frames do not seem adequate per patient, it can even help show where these flaws lie, and hopefully, help the quest to provide solutions.

Remember, with a care position, it’s often less easy to just ‘clock off’ at the end of the day than if you work in retail, or an office, for example. You’re dealing with the reality of real people and their everyday lives, and so it’s more important than ever that balance – and diligent attention to the multitude of tasks – is attained. And, as you’re probably aware, scheduling and attempting to make a person stretch beyond physical time limitations is only one of the demanding challenges of the industry. There’s also the matter of understaffing, lack of pay and of course, lack of morale which can lead to low confidence in the employees. But, with better management in this area, we can sooner move focus to other aspects, and the bettering of treatment administered. After all, that’s why they do what they do and what counts – and it should be valued.

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  1. George Nieman says:

    You are perfectly right about this. When you consider the work of medical, nursing and carers etc they receive only a small proportion of what foot-ballers etc receive in wages. We could do without footballers but we cannot be without medical/nursing/carers etc. Increase NHS care funding from our wages which is the only fair way of doing it, then we can pay these vital employee’s a decent wage

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