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The search is on for Scotland’s top employers

Published: 23 Oct 2015

Now in its second year, the Scottish Top Employers for Working Families Awards are organised by Family Friendly Working Scotland – a partnership of Working Families, Fathers Network Scotland, Parenting Across Scotland and the Scottish Government. Family Friendly Working Scotland is supported and funded by The Scottish Government.

The awards recognise forward thinking organisations that support their people to achieve a good work life balance by putting family friendly and flexible working into practice. Family friendly working is not only good for employee wellbeing but also increases productivity and performance, improves morale and motivation as well as enhancing staff retention and recruitment.

Minister for Children and Young People Aileen Campbell said:

“I want to encourage as many big and small organisations from the public, private and third sectors who are already making the effort to support family friendly and flexible working to enter these awards so their good practice can be recognised.

“We know juggling work and family commitments can be difficult and we want more organisations to embrace flexible working arrangements. It benefits both employers and employees as it can boost productivity and performance, improve morale and wellbeing, as well as enhancing staff retention and recruitment. The reputational benefits of being known for family friendly and flexible working practices are also increasingly important in being an ‘employer of choice’.”

Winners of Scottish Top Employer for Working Families Awards 2015 included Centrica, Scottish Water, Badenoch and Clark and West Dunbartonshire Council.

The awards and free to enter and employers can enter up to six award categories highlighting how they have developed and supported flexible and family friendly working. A panel of expert judges will make the final decision after entries close on 27th November 2015.

The Scottish Top Employers for Working Families Award categories are:

  • Best Large Public Sector Employer
  • Best Large Private Employer
  • Best Small Employer
  • Fathers Network Scotland Award for Best for all Stages of Fatherhood
  • Parenting Across Scotland Award for Best for Childcare
  • Carers Scotland Award for Best for Carers and Eldercare

Sarah Jackson OBE, Chief Executive of Working Families and Chair or the judging panel said:

“We are delighted to once again encourage entries for the Scottish Top Employers for Working Families Awards. This is an opportunity for forward thinking organisations to share their stories about their family friendly and flexible working policies and practices. We know there is some really good work taking place in workplaces across Scotland and our judging panel look forward to identifying Scotland’s most family friendly employers.”

To find out more about the Scottish Top Employers for Working Families visit http://www.familyfriendlyworkingscotland.org.uk/

Contact Nikki Slowey:

Nikki.slowey@workingfamilies.org.uk

07803207965

About Family Friendly Working Scotland (FFWS)

Launched in 2014, FFWS is a collaborative programme between Working Families, Fathers Network Scotland, Parenting Across Scotland and the Scottish Government. The programme aims to create a family friendly Scotland in the field of employment. The programme works with employers and relevant stakeholders along with employees and families.

About Working Families

Working Families is the UK’s leading 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. Working Families has a network of employer members who they support to build high performance family friendly workplaces. The Working Families helpline for parents, carers and their advisers gives advice on employment rights and benefits. Call 0300 012 0312 or email advice@workingfamilies.org.uk

About Fathers Network Scotland

Fathers Network Scotland (FNS) is an independent Scottish charity. The organisation’s mission is to become the national torchbearer and voice for fathers in Scotland by positively engaging, supporting and empowering men to become the best fathers they can be. The strategy includes enabling Scottish employers to engage with fathers in the workplace and as clients and service users.

About Parenting Across Scotland

Parenting Across Scotland (PAS) is a partnership of charities working together to provide a focus for issues and concerns affecting parents and families in Scotland. The PAS partners are Aberlour Childcare Trust; Capability Scotland; Children 1st; Children in Scotland; Families Outside; One Parent Families Scotland; Relationships Scotland; Scottish Adoption; and The Spark. Together the partners work with thousands of parents.