Accenture to speak at Workingmums’ Top Employer Awards

Accenture’s Human Capital and Diversity Lead for the UK and Ireland will speak at’s Top Employer Awards 2011.

Accenture’s Human Capital and Diversity Lead for the UK and Ireland will speak at’s Top Employer Awards 2011.

Fiona O’Hara will join a panel of business leaders to speak about all aspects of diversity and work life balance.

Accenture won the Overall Top Employer Award last year and also scooped the Commitment and Development Award.

This year’s Awards, which will be announced at a ceremony in Central London on 5th October, recognise employers who are progressive in their flexible working practices and proactive in seeking to assist working parents combine successful careers with being a parent. There are four new categories – Talent Attraction, Childcare, Shared Parenting and Working Mums Champion – reflecting developments in work life balance policy.

The Working Mums Champion is for stand-out individuals whose efforts have made a big difference to working mums in their workplace. Potential recipients of this Award would include senior or middle managers who have, for instance, set up a parent support forum or put forward innovative proposals for areas such as maternity leave and return to work.

The Talent Attraction category reflects growing interest in organisations who promote flexible working at all levels of their recruitment process, including advertising that jobs can be worked flexibly. Currently legislation only allows employees to request flexible working after six months in a new job, but for many parents being able to work flexibly is a crucial consideration if they want to move jobs.

Childcare has also been given a category all of its own as more and more businesses provide childcare support, such as emergency childcare provision and childcare vouchers.

The full list of categories for the awards is:

Innovation in Flexible Working Award

Employee Engagement Award

SME Award [split into sections for companies with under 25 and under 250 employees]

Shared Parenting Award

Talent Attraction Award

Childcare Award

Working Mums Champion Award

Top Employer Award

Gillian Nissim, Founder of, says: “We want to build on the success of last year’s inaugural awards. We know that many employers are doing great work on work life balance issues and we want to promote that so that it can act as an inspiration to others and spread the word. Offering flexible working and other family benefits leads to a happier, more productive workforce and is good for employers as well as employees.”

The Awards will be judged by an expert panel made up of Gillian Nissim, founder of, Andy Lake, editor of, Jennifer Liston-Smith, head of coaching development at My Family Care, Dave Dunbar, head of BT Flexible Working Services and Dr Caroline Gatrell, Lecturer in Management Learning and Leadership in the Management School at Lancaster University. The closing date for entries is 29th July 2011.

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