Organisations that implement the best family-friendly policies are to be recognised in the ‘Top Employers for working families’ awards organised by leading work-life balance charity, Working Families.
The call for entries opens in mid April and closes on 30 June 2010. From today, employers can visit the Working Families website to register their interest and receive further information. The winners will be recognised at a gala lunch and awards ceremony in London in October, with shortlists announced in September. The judging panel will include Prof Cary Cooper MBE, Mary Mercer, Principal Consultant, Institute for Employment Studies, Sarah Jackson OBE, Chief Executive, Working Families and James Timpson, Managing Director, Timpson.
Uniquely, the Top Employers for working families list will be validated by independent human resource centre the Institute for Employment Studies. It will provide the listed employers with a powerful tool for recruitment and retention of the best talent. In addition, a report will be produced enabling companies and organisations to make a comparison between themselves and an aggregated benchmark, based on all entries.
The Top Employers for working families list has 15 awards categories to address different types of policy (such as paternity, flexible working, carers, emergency childcare) and to recognise the leaders within specific industries (such as retail, finance, professional services, public sector) and business sizes. The awards will reward employers who demonstrate that policy alone is simply not enough: to get family-friendly working to take off in an organisation it is necessary to really embed it in the culture – often way ahead of actual legislation.
Why is it important to recognise family-friendly employers?
40% of the workforce has responsibilities for dependents – either children or parents – and forward-thinking companies that take a holistic approach to employing their staff often get the best from them.
In a global economy, 24/7 culture and a technological age, the typical 9-5 is not always best for companies, clients or staff: flexible working often makes the best business sense all round.
Growing phenomenon: half the UK workforce already works flexibly (14 out of 29 million) and 95% of companies offer some form of flexible working.
Sarah Jackson, CEO of Working Families says: ‘This is about what’s good for business – when personal responsibilities are met, employees can give more focus to their company or organisation. We’ve worked with organisations that have increased the productivity of their workforce by 20% by implementing family-friendly policies. We want to recognise the employers that are leading the way.’