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Top Employers for Working Families: who has come up trumps?

David Woods , 27 Sep 2011

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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.

Top 10

(A-Z)

Accenture

American Express Services Europe Ltd

Ashurst LLP

Barclays Bank PLC

BT PLC

Centrica PLC

KPMG

McDonald's Restaurants Ltd

Southdown Housing Association

West Mercia Police

 

Top 11- 30

(A-Z)

Allianz Insurance UK

Amnesty International UK

Bristows

Chelsea & Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Chwarae Teg

Clifford Chance LLP

Dell Corporation Ltd

Deloitte LLP

Deutsche Bank

Ernst & Young

Everything Everywhere Limited

Henmans LLP

Ministry of Justice

National Grid

Registers of Scotland

Sainsbury's Supermarkets Ltd

The Children's Trust

The London School of Economics & Political Science

UBS

Wales & West Housing Association

 

The Awards

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:

http://www.topemployersforworkingfamilies.org.uk

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."

 

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