Top Employers for Working Families: Special Awards 2015

The 2015 Top Employers for Working Families Awards showcases some of the best and most innovative current practice that there is when it comes to family friendly and flexible working. Long established categories like motherhood and maternity are still hot topics as organisations refine and develop their policies, whilst innovation is strong as they think about where, when and how work might be done. The introduction of Shared Parental Leave has been especially interesting this year, and it is evident that it has really stimulated some employers to move forward their provision for parents.

One of the key themes this year has been around refreshing and refining family friendly working. We have seen examples of investment in support for job-share, and repositioning and communicating existing flexible working opportunities as part of an organisational refocus on building a flexible culture appropriate for all employees. Culture is important, and the Awards demonstrate that employers are really embracing this. Getting it right can be a challenge, and one of the questions we asked this year was about evidence: how do you know that what you are doing is working? More than ever, employers have been able to back up their entries with metrics. The evidence base that employers were able to submit is important for two reasons: it shows how they are working to understand how policy unfolds into practice; and it gives a useful example to other employers who are wondering how they might start to quantify some of their own family-friendly programmes.

Related to culture, another theme that came through strongly was a focus on the importance of line managers (not just in the Line Managers award). Line managers are increasingly seen as the key to unlocking the full potential of flexible working, but to do this they need support and training to develop skills around managing different working patterns, and building trust with their teams. In this context, line manager training around flexibility is moving away from an opt-in option, to a required competence. Getting line managers to see the benefits of flexibility is, as these case studies demonstrate, easier when it is clear how it aligns with the overall strategy and plan, and people understand the ‘why’.

These case studies capture both responses to specific issues, and the evolution of existing practice. They showcase ideas that are well thought out, are designed to be embedded and long lasting, can be tested for effectiveness and, most importantly, are useful for employees. Any organisation interested in developing their own family friendly policy and practice can find a lot to learn from the 2015 Top Employers for Working Families.

The Santander Best New Flexible Working Initiative Award

The Santander Best New Flexible Working Initiative Award
Winner:
Foreign and Commonwealth Office | Case Study
Finalist:
EY | Case Study
Finalist:
UK Civil Service | Case Study
Finalist:
Barclays plc | Case Study
Finalist:
DLA Piper | Case Study

The DTCC Best for Innovation Award

The DTCC Best for Innovation Award
Joint Winner:
Deloitte | Case Study
Joint Winner:
Ministry of Justice | Case Study
Finalist:
Barclays plc | Case Study
Finalist:
Foreign and Commonwealth Office | Case Study

The Centrica Best for Flexible Working Award

The Centrica Best for Flexible Working Award
Winner:
Cafcass | Case Study
Commended:
American Express | Case Study
Finalist:
National Assembly for Wales | Case Study

The Citymothers Best for All Stages of Motherhood Award

The Citymothers Best for All Stages of Motherhood Award
Winner:
iCrossing | Case Study
Finalist:
UK Civil Service | Case Study
Finalist:
Hogan Lovells | Case Study
Finalist:
The London School of Economics & Political Science | Case Study

The Cityfathers Best for All Stages of Fatherhood Award

The Cityfathers Best for All Stages of Fatherhood Award
Winner:
The London School of Economics & Political Science | Case Study
Commended:
West Dunbartonshire Council | Case Study
Commended:
iCrossing | Case Study
Commended:
Scottish Parliament | Case Study
Finalist:
National Grid | Case Study

The National Grid & Carers UK Best for Carers and Eldercare Award

The National Grid & Carers UK Best for Carers and Eldercare Award
Winner:
Centrica | Case Study
Finalist:
Ministry of Justice | Case Study
Finalist:
University of Lincoln | Case Study
Finalist:
West Dunbartonshire Council | Case Study

The Direct Line Group Best for Embedded Flexibility Award

The Direct Line Group Best for Embedded Flexibility Award
Finalist:
Wales and West Housing | Case Study
Winner:
iCrossing | Case Study


Top 30 Employers for working families in alphabetical order:

Addleshaw Goddard LLP
Aimia
American Express
Barclays plc
Centrica
Chelsea & Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Citi
Computershare
Deloitte
DWF LLP
EY
Hogan Lovells
iCrossing
KPMG LLP
Lloyds Banking Group
Ministry of Justice
National Assembly for Wales
Oliver Wyman
Pinsent Masons LLP
Royal Mail Group
Santander UK
Simmons & Simmons
Southdown Housing Association
Sysdoc Limited
The London School of Economics & Political Science
The Scottish Government
The University of Lincoln
UBS AG
Wales and West Housing
Westfield Europe Limited


The Top Small Employers for Working Families: in alphabetical order:

Brand Learning Group Ltd
Bristol Students’ Union
CiC Employee Assistance)
Edison Investment Research Ltd
Effective HRM Limited
iCrossing
Parental Choice Ltd
Sacker & Partners LLP – named overall Top Small Employer for Working Families 2015
Solve HR Ltd
Workpond

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