Sharing best practice

As new legislation extending the right to request flexible working to all employees comes in later this month, a new report aims to highlight best practice to support employers looking to see how they can get the most from working more flexibly.

The Best Practice Report provides an overview of diversity and inclusion issues affecting women’s career progression and latest changes and innovations in flexible working.

The report, which is free, is based on the best practice highlighted at’s Top Employer Awards and the ensuing debate among shortlisted organisations about the major issues around the move towards more agile ways of working which often go hand in hand with women’s career progression.

The aims of the report is to shine a spotlight on what the best employers, from the micro employers up to the large corporates and public organisations, are doing in terms of recruiting and retaining the best talent, particularly those with caring responsibilities, and how this is giving them a business advantage.

The report provides an overview of what each winning employer is doing and a case study of employees who illustrate the kind of support or innovation the organisation provides.

The winners of the Awards are:

  1. Overall Top Employer and Innovation in Flexible Working – Atkins
  2. Career Progression – Royal Mail Group
  3. Best for Dads – London School of Economics and Political Science
  4. Talent Attraction – Barclays
  5. Family Support – Danone
  6. SMEs [1-25 employees] – Mahon Digital Marketing Ltd
  7. SMEs [26-250 employees] – Brand Learning
  8. The Working Mums Champion Award –  Clare Bishop of Addison Lee

Gillian Nissim, Founder of, said: “While we welcome the extension of the right to request flexible working to all employees – and the best employers already do this – we are concerned that many employers may not have used this opportunity to look holistically at their organisations and how they could benefit from a more flexible culture, rather than just looking at individual requests as they come up.

Our Best Practice Report provides a whole host of examples of organisations big and small in a variety of sectors who can provide inspiring examples of how to make flexible working work for everyone – from employers to employees.”

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