Working Families Special Award winners announced

Britain’s most family-friendly workplaces in 2016 have been unveiled by Working Families

Britain's most family-friendly organisations have been recognised by work/life balance charity Working Families.

This year marks the seventh anniversary of the Working Families Special Awards, and the winners were announced at a special event in Vintners’ Hall, London. HR magazine is a media partner for the awards and editor Katie Jacobs sat on the judging panel.

Full list of winners and highly commended:

American Express Best Flexible Working Initiative Award

Winner – Cisco

Highly commended – the RAF

Centrica Best for Modern Families Award

Winner – Pinsent Masons

Direct Line Group Best for Embedded Flexibility Award

Winner – Barclays

Carers UK Best for Carers and Eldercare Award

Winner – West Dunbartonshire Council

Highly commended – The Ministry of Justice

Cityparents Best for All Stages of Motherhood Award

Joint winner – Deloitte

Joint winner – Sacker & Partners

Best for Flexible Recruitment Award

Winner – EY

The Innovation Award

Winner – Civil Service

Highly commended – Citi

Sarah Jackson, chief executive of Working Families, said that flexibility is not just good for families; it is also good for business. “Our awards recognise those employers who’ve made their flexible and work/life policies part and parcel of the way they run their organisations,” she said. “Congratulations to all the 2016 winners; it’s this kind of action that will deliver the culture change we need for high performance in every UK workplace.”

Julian Foster, managing director at Computershare and lead sponsor of the Top Employers for Working Families awards and benchmarking system, said that the award winners should take great pride in their success. “There were many examples of excellent practice in every category and the awards have provided a great opportunity for us to share ideas and recognise organisational success,” he said. “I’m really proud that Computershare can help make these awards happen and be associated with such sterling family-friendly work.”