About the Special Awards

The Top Employers Special Awards are your chance to tell us about what you do to develop and support flexible and family-friendly working in your organisation. Each year the Special Awards winners are chosen by our panel of expert judges from all the entries. Winning a Special Award is recognition of best practice, innovation and sustainability in each of the nine individual Award categories, and marks your organisation out as a leader.  Click on the winners tab above to see some of the past Special Award winners.

STOP PRESS - 13th April 2016

The finalists for the 2016 Special Awards have been unveiled. Click here to find out who has made the shortlist.

The Special Awards winners will be anounced at an awards ceremony on 13th June in central London.

In 2016 the Special Awards categories are:  

Cityparents best for all stages of motherhood

This is about mothers at all stages of their children's lives. We are interested in motherhood from maternity and beyond until children leave home as young adults; and indeed, until they have children of their own and mother becomes grandmother.         

Best for all stages of fatherhood

This award is about your support for fathers at every stage of their children's development. We are interested in your support for paternity and beyond until children leave home as young adults; and indeed, until they have children of their own and father becomes grandfather.                            

Carers UK best for carers and eldercare award

We are interested in innovative and effective ways of supporting employees with caring responsibilities, including eldercare.

The Innovation award

Whether it's a major initiative or one small action which has made the difference, we are looking for examples of innovation in building a flexible, high performance and family friendly organisation. Your initiative can be about flexible working, leave arrangements, communications strategies or childcare, or anything that supports engagement and performance in your workplace of employees with family and/or other caring responsibilities.   

American Express best flexible working initiative

Tell us about any flexible or agile working initiatives or programmes that you have introduced. This might be a flexible working policy or programme that you have introduced in all or part of your organisation, or it might be an existing flexible working policy or guidelines that you have overhauled to improve effectiveness.      

Best for line manager engagement award

Line managers are crucial to the work-life balance culture within an organisation, facilitating flexibility and managing flexible workers. Please tell us how you support line managers in deploying flexibility within your organisation, and how you ensure that they have the right training to develop into skilled and effective leaders who are comfortable with flexible working, and understand how to use it to deliver results.       

Direct Line Group best for embedded flexibility award

Tell us how you have embedded flexibility into your organisation. What we mean by embedding flexible working is when working flexibly is regarded as ‘business as usual’, is found through all parts of the organisation and at all levels of employee from junior to senior.

Centrica best for modern families award

How do you support all the diverse families within your organisation? This is an opportunity to tell us what you do to ensure that you are thinking about the different types of families you employ, and how you can support them. For example, but not exclusively, you can tell us about policies and practices you have including, but not restricted to, fertility treatment, surrogacy, kinship care, same sex relationships, community celebrations, religious observance, global families and expats, divorce and relationship support. We are also keen to see evidence that policies and practices aren’t just confined to high value or senior level employees, but are available all the way down through the organisation. 

Best for flexible recruitment

Tell us how you incorporate flexible working into your recruitment activities. We are interested in how you ensure that prospective employees know that flexibility is an option when they apply for a job, and how roles are assessed for their flexible potential prior to recruitment.

Sponsors & Partners:

Lead Sponsor: Click to view Computershare sponsor profile details Click to view American Express sponsor profile details Click to view Centrica sponsor profile details Click to view Direct Line Group sponsor profile details Click to view Cityparents sponsor profile details Click to view Carers UK sponsor profile details Click to view HR magazine sponsor profile details Click to view MindMover sponsor profile details Click to view Plus 4 sponsor profile details IES