The Awards recognise employers both big and small who have embraced the business benefits of flexible working and have been proactive in seeking to recruit and retain talented staff, particularly working parents who want to combine successful careers with being a parent.
The 2014 Award Winners were announced at a ceremony at the Soho Hotel, London on 4th November 2014. To view full details of the winners and the evening, click here.
Overall Top Employer Award: McMillan Williams Solicitors
It is the first year an SME has won the Award. It was praised by the judges for the comprehensive range of support it offered, the breadth of the case studies it submitted and for the inspiration it offered others in the legal sector and beyond.
Innovation in Flexible Working Award: BAE Systems Maritime Naval Ships
The judges praised BAE Systems for taking action on flexible working in a very traditional, male-dominated sector.
Career Progression Award: A.T. Kearney Ltd
The judges praised the winner’s exemplary Success with Flex programme for acknowledging there is no one-size-fits-all career path and working with staff on tailored career solutions that allow them to balance work with other commitments.
Best for Dads Award: London School Of Economics and Political Science
The judges felt that the winner was committed to innovating in this area and had clearly grasped the wider benefits of doing so. Its research leave policy, which enables academic staff members to re-establish their research trajectory following a long period of absence, was highly praised as a model for other academic institutions.
Talent Attraction Award: Reality HR Ltd.
The judges praised the winner for the impact it was having externally as well as internally through the encouragement it gives to its clients to consider flexible workers.
Family Support Award: Bank of America Merrill Lynch
The judges felt the winner provided a comprehensive package of support, including back-up care, maternity coaching, quarterly webinars and a programme for dads.
SME Award for SMEs with 1-25 employees: Hireserve Ltd
The judges praised the winner for a strong entry which showed how it had grown the business using a flexible model. Hireserve has previously won a Top Employer Award and the judges felt its entry showed that it had continued to build on a deeply ingrained flexible model.
SME Award for SMEs with over 26-250 employees: McMillan Williams Solicitors
The judges praised the winner’s strong diversity record which was clearly supported by the senior management team. The judges were impressed to see a law firm and SME of this size offering such care and support to its staff and recognising the sound business reasons for doing so.
Working Mums Champion Award: Adeline Ginn of Women in Rail
The judges were highly impressed by the work and passion evidenced in Adeline Ginn’s work for Women in Rail, a sector where there were significant challenges for flexible working and female career progression. She was not only doing her day job, but attempting to change an entire industry, not just a company.
Gillian Nissim, Founder of Workingmums.co.uk
Jennifer Liston-Smith, Director of Coaching & Consultancy at My Family Care
David Dunbar, Head of BT Flexible Working Services
Dr Clare Kelliher, Professor of Work and Organisation, Cranfield University
If you want information about how you can get involved in the 2014 Workingmums.co.uk Top Employer Awards please contact Annika Williams or Arline Okin at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 8432 6094.