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Better training of line managers in how to manage flexible workers and greater availability of senior level flexible jobs are vital for reducing the gender pay gap and creating a more equal work culture, according to the workingmums.co.uk’s Best Practice Report.
The Report, sponsored by Morgan Sindall, is launched on International Women’s Day when the focus is on how to promote greater equality at home and at work, is an in-depth look at what the most progressive companies are doing with regard to gender diversity and flexible working. It includes detailed interviews with the winners of the 2017 workingmums.co.uk’s Top Employer Awards as well as case studies. The aim is to spread best practice and ideas of what works and why.
It is published to mark the launch of the 2018 Top Employer Awards, which open for entries today and include a new category, Top Employer for Returners.
Some of the trends to emerge from both the shortlisted and winning entrants to last year’s awards include an increasing focus on line managers and their role in setting the culture of an organisation, growing momentum over returner initiatives, the need for employers to advertise more flexible senior positions so that flexible workers do not get stuck in lower level jobs and waste their potential and a growing interest in policies aimed at working dads and in positive role models of working dads.
The report shows a developing interest in mental well being in the workplace and in embedding flexibility or agile working from recruitment onwards with all that that entails in terms of job redesign and challenging established norms.
Employers featured in the report are also addressing multigenerational care issues for their workforces and McDonald’s Guaranteed Hours Contracts shows how concerns about the gig economy are being addressed through giving workers greater choice over their contracts.
At a time of much focus on the gender pay gap and, in particular, the lack of women in senior roles, the Report shows how some employers are attempting to shift workplace culture to make it more inclusive.
Those included in the report are the winners of the 2017 Top Employer Awards:
The judges of the Awards were Gillian Nissim, founder of workingmums.co.uk; Andy Lake, editor of Flexibility.co.uk; Jennifer Liston-Smith, Director of Coaching & Consultancy at My Family Care; Dave Dunbar, Head of Digital Workplace at the Department for Work and Pensions; and Professor Clare Kelliher from Cranfield School of Management.
Gillian Nissim, founder of workingmums.co.uk, said: “This year’s Best Practice Report is brimming with useful case studies and information on what works in the drive for greater gender diversity and equality at all levels of the workplace. It’s one of the biggest issues for employers today with reputations on the line over the gender pay audits. None of the employers represented in this report is complacent.
Everyone knows that to change work culture is challenging and that it takes time. Many employers now have diversity initiatives, but what our judges are interested is more than tick box policies. It is impact. We hope that this report will provide useful information and food for thought for other employers and that, whatever sector an organisation may be in and whatever size they may be, there is something they might be able to borrow or tailor for their own circumstances or which might inspire them to make their work culture more agile and inclusive.”