Telling your employer about your responsibilities as a carer usually means they can support you. If they know about your situation, they are more likely to understand your needs.
You do not have to tell your manager, employer or colleagues that you are caring for someone with cancer. But it may avoid some problems in the future if you do. For example, if you want to request flexible working, you will need to give your employer more details.
Try to find out more about your employer’s policy and procedure for supporting carers (if they have one) before you talk to them. You can do this by checking your contract, employee handbook or intranet, if any of these are available. Or you could speak to your manager or human resources (HR) department.
The terms ‘manager’ or ‘employer’ can mean different people at your workplace who are involved in your employment. You can talk to any or all of the following people:
- your line manager – usually the first person you talk to
- your HR department (if there is one)
- a staff or union representative.