Top Employers for Working Families: who has come up trumps?
David Woods, September 27, 2011
The Top Employers for Working Families Benchmark and Awards, founded by Working Families in partnership with the Institute for Employment Studies, recognises organisations across the UK that do the most to support the work-life balance needs of all their employees.
To enter, all organisations completed a robust benchmark survey which examined their work-life balance policies and practices. The results clearly demonstrate that employers are showing a growing acceptance that flexible working and work-life integration are vital to an organisation's effectiveness and business success.
The Top Employers for Working Families Benchmark - The Top 30
The final list is compiled by taking the entrants with the highest scores in the benchmark survey.
American Express Services Europe Ltd
Barclays Bank PLC
McDonald's Restaurants Ltd
Southdown Housing Association
West Mercia Police
Top 11- 30
Allianz Insurance UK
Amnesty International UK
Chelsea & Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Clifford Chance LLP
Dell Corporation Ltd
Ernst & Young
Everything Everywhere Limited
Ministry of Justice
Registers of Scotland
Sainsbury's Supermarkets Ltd
The Children's Trust
The London School of Economics & Political Science
Wales & West Housing Association
The special Award entries were judged anonymously by the judging panel. The winners and commendations for the six categories are:
The Deutsche Bank Best for Innovation and Engagement Award
Winner: American Express Services Europe Ltd
Commendation: Ashurst LLP
The National Grid Best for Flexible Working Award
Winner: Centrica PLC
The Best for Mothers Award
Winner: Deutsche Bank
Commendation: West Mercia Police
The Best for Fathers Award
Winner: Centrica PLC
Commendation: Registers of Scotland
The Legal & General Best for Carers Award
Winner: Chelsea & Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
The Best for Career Progression Award
Winner: Henmans LLP
For a list of all the award category finalists and a summary of their entry go to:
Sarah Jackson, chief executive of Working Families, said: "The quality of entries for this year's Top Employers for Working Families has been exceptional. We congratulate the Top 30 employers and the special award winners on their inspiring work-life policies and practices.
"These agile, forward-thinking organisations recognise the value of offering flexible workplaces and in doing so benefit from advantages in staff recruitment, engagement, motivation and performance."
Mary Mercer, principal consultant at the IES added:?"This year's entries show that flexible working policies remain high on the agenda during economically challenging times as they offer advantages to both employers and their staff.
"Workers are better able to balance work with life outside of employment and employers find that as well as being the right thing to do by staff, a flexible approach also allows them to control costs and maximise productivity."
Julian Foster, MD of sponsor Computershare Voucher Services (CVS) said: "We are delighted to sponsor these awards that recognise those companies who endeavour to provide a family-friendly work environment for their employees. Families are at the heart of what we do at CVS and our congratulations go to the winners and shortlisted companies who place an emphasis on positive work-life balance and share our enthusiasm for supporting working families."