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One month until Working Families Best Practice Awards 2019 entry deadline

?There’s one month left to apply for Working Families’ Best Practice Awards 2019

Whether you are in the private, public or voluntary sector, large or small, this is the opportunity to showcase and celebrate your achievements in supporting your employees with outstanding flexible and family-friendly working.

Now in their 10th year, the Awards cover a wide range of categories including Best for Mothers, Fathers and Carers; Mental Health and Wellbeing; Returners; Embedded Flexibility; Flexible Recruitment; and Innovation. Entry is free and you can enter as many categories as you like. HR magazine is media partner for the Awards.

Employers from across the UK will compete to win the top prize in the following categories:

  • Best for Mothers
  • Best for Fathers
  • Best for Carers & Eldercare
  • Best Family Network
  • Best for Mental Health & Wellbeing
  • Best Innovation (sponsored by ILF Scotland)
  • Best for Flexible Recruitment
  • Best Returner Programme
  • Best for Embedded Flexibility
  • Best Flexible Working Initiative (sponsored by NHS Employers)
  • Best for Line Manager Support
  • Best Large Private Sector Employer
  • Best Small Private Sector Employer
  • Best North of England Employer
  • Best Public Sector Employer
  • Best Third Sector Employer

Entries are judged by an expert panel, including editor of HR magazine Jenny Roper. The identities of the companies being evaluated are kept anonymous throughout the judging process.

Jane van Zyl, CEO of Working Families, said: “Flexible working isn’t just good for parents and carers; it’s good for business. Employers reap valuable rewards when they give their staff members more control over their time – from improved employee engagement to better organisational performance. We are excited to recognise employers that have gone above and beyond with flexible and family-friendly initiatives that support, motivate, and bring out the best in their teams.”

The awards offer employers a chance to establish themselves as leaders in flexible and family-friendly policy and practice. Laura Farnsworth, partner at law firm Lewis Silkin – winner of 2018’s award for Best Innovation for its flexible working 'rockhopper' scheme – said: “We regularly receive great feedback from our clients about the exceptional quality service that our talented rockhopper lawyers provide, and it is fantastic to receive external recognition of our efforts to challenge the traditional ways of working in a law firm.”

Award-winning ideas in 2018 included a standard four-day week, agile working open to all staff, carers’ networks, new parents’ workshops, and enhanced Shared Parental Leave.

For more information and to enter visit the Working Families website. The closing date for entries is 25 March 2019.