Home News & eventsNews Search begins for the UK’s most family friendly employers

Search begins for the UK’s most family friendly employers

Published: 31 Jan 2018

Working Families calls for entries to find the best of the best employers who are offering outstanding flexible and employee-friendly workplaces. 

Working Families’ [2] unique Best Practice Awards for employers open for entries today.

In a challenging economic climate, forward-thinking employers are using family friendly policies and an agile approach to benefit both their organisation and workforce. Employers are reaping the benefits of raised productivity and reduced employee turnover as well as creating equality in their workplace.  They are also seeing gains in employee engagement, morale and career progression.

Established in 2010, the Working Families’ Best Practice Awards [3] showcase and celebrate employers who are offering flexibility for all their people and going the extra mile in their support for parents and carers.

Employers from a diverse range of sectors from across the UK will compete to catch the judges’ [4] attention in the following categories:

Best for Mothers

Best for Fathers

Carers UK Best for Carers & Eldercare

Best Family Network NEW

Best for Diverse Families NEW

Best Innovation

Best for Flexible Recruitment

Government Equalities Office Best Returner Programme NEW

Best for Embedded Flexibility

Best Flexible Working Initiative

Best for Line Manager Support

Best Large Private Sector Employer

Best Small Private Sector Employer

Best Public Sector Employer

Best Third Sector Employer

Sarah Jackson OBE, chief executive of Working Families said:

“Working parents across the country told us that they’re stalling their careers because they can’t get the balance they need for their families [5].

“But many employers have already recognised that a more supportive and flexible work culture enables them to make the most of the potential of the UK’s 11 million working parents.

“We want to showcase and celebrate the best practice which we know is happening in engaged, high-performing workplaces in all sectors, and look forward to being inspired by this year’s entries.”

Read what last year’s award winners say:

‘Motherhood should not be a barrier to career progression and we are thrilled to be recognised for our efforts by winning this prestigious and recognised award.’ Dulas – Winner 2017

The award provided a chance for us to step back and recognise the hard work and achievements of colleagues from across the College, as well as look ahead to what we need to do next to improve our support even further.” Imperial College London – Winner 2017

Award-winning ideas in 2017 included: flexible family leave allowance; senior father role models; an agile hiring toolkit for line managers; a carers’ register to identify staff with caring responsibilities; flexible recruitment by default. Full case studies of previous winners are available on the Working Families’ website [6].

For more information and to enter, visit the Working Families’ website. The closing date for entries is Monday 23rd April.


Notes to editors

[1] For more information contact

Liz Whitehead, Working Families’ Press Office on 020 7253 7243, 0777 0657760 or email elizabeth.whitehead@workingfamilies.org.uk

[2] About Working Families

Working Families is the UK’s work life organisation.  The charity supports and gives a voice to working parents and carers, whilst also helping employers create workplaces which encourage work life balance for everyone. www.workingfamilies.org.uk

Twitter @workingfamuk

[3] The Working Families Best Practice Awards 2018

The Awards are open until 23rd April 2018. The winners of the Working Families’ Best Practice Awards will be announced in London in July 2018. 

[4] Judging Panel. The final winners of each Award category are judged by an expert panel. The judging process for the Awards is anonymous – none of the judges knows the identity of the companies which they are judging.

[5] Modern Families Index 2018

The Modern Families Index was published by Working Families with Bright Horizons in January 2018. The report and key findings can be found on the Working Families’ website here.

[6] Case studies of previous award winners and finalists are included in Working Families’ online library of case studies which is available here. Please contact the press office for further details and for contact details of previous finalists and winners.