launches its seventh Top Employer Awards

Top Employer Awards 2015 launches its seventh annual Top Employer Awards this week to celebrate best practice in smart working and workplace equality.

The Awards ceremony will be extra special this year as celebrates its 10th anniversary. It will take place in Central London on 1st November and will include a networking session and an in-depth Q & A session with leading experts in diversity and smart working. The Awards recognise employers, from micro businesses to corporates, who have embraced the business benefits of smart working and have been proactive in seeking to recruit and retain talented staff, particularly working parents who are looking to combine successful careers with being a parent.

There are six categories for employers and a Working Mums Champion Award for an outstanding individual whose efforts have made a big difference to working mums in their workplace.

An Overall Top Employer will be chosen from the winners of the other categories. The 2015 winner was the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service [Cafcass] which was recognised for the way it had transformed itself from an underperforming organisation to one which had earned a ‘Good with Outstanding Leadership’ rating from Ofsted and had doubled its productivity rate.

The six categories include Best for Dads in recognition of the links between women’s career progression and greater equality in the home, an issue that has come increasingly under the spotlight since the introduction of Shared Parental Leave. Other awards include Talent Attraction which aims to highlight employers who recognise the huge benefits of going the extra mile to ensure they reach candidates with years of experience who are looking for flexible roles. It was to link those candidates and employers up for their mutual benefit that was founded.

The full line-up of Award categories is:
– Innovation in Flexible Working Award
– Career Progression Award
– SME Award [split into sections for companies with under 25 and under 250 employees]
– Best for Dads Award
– Talent Attraction Award
– Family Support Award
– Working Mums Champion Award

All the Award winners are profiled on and feature in our Best Practice Report which aims to share best practice as widely as possible and to inspire other employers. The 2016 Report is due out next month.

Gillian Nissim, Founder of, says: “Every year we are inspired by the entries we receive from a wide range of employers, whether small start-ups or large corporates. Our awards recognise that certain sectors may face particular challenges around smart working and diversity and aim to provide impetus for change. There is a growing recognition across all sectors of the importance of smart working for attracting a more diverse range of talent and an awareness that organisations that have more diverse teams at all levels will do better business. This year will be a particularly important one for us as we are celebrating our 10th anniversary.”

The Awards will be judged by an expert panel made up of Gillian Nissim, founder of; Andy Lake, editor of; Jennifer Liston-Smith, Director of Coaching & Consultancy at My Family Care; Dave Dunbar, Head of Digital Workplace at Nationwide Building Society; and Clare Kelliher, Professor of Work and Organisation at Cranfield School of Management. The closing date for entries is 22nd July. Click here to find out more.

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