Workingmums launches fourth Top Employer Awards

Launched on Friday 8th March (to coincide with International Women’s Day), Workingmums.co.uk’s fourth annual Top Employer Awards aim to celebrate best practice in smart working and promote the advancement of women in the workplace.

They’re designed to recognise employers, both large and small, who have embraced the business benefits of flexible working and been proactive in seeking to recruit and retain talented staff – particularly those who wish to combine successful careers with parenting.

This year there are eight categories open to employers (one of which is also open to employees).  One category – ‘career progression’ – reflects the need to celebrate the raft of new initiatives aimed at advancing women in the workplace in response to pressures over female representation in the boardrooms of Britain’s top companies.  It will recognise initiatives aimed at developing women’s leadership potential, including networks, mentoring initiatives and return-to-work programmes.

The full line-up of award categories is: innovation in flexible working; career progression; top employer (overall award); SME (split into sections for companies with fewer than 25 and fewer than 250 employees);  ‘best for dads’; talent attraction; family support; and ‘working mums’ champion’.

Founder Gillian Nissim says “Every year we look forward to hearing about the most innovative practice in work-life balance issues.  This year we also want to reflect the increasing number of initiatives which aim to build the female pipeline from entry level up to the boardroom.  We know that there are particular bottlenecks at middle management level and that companies big and small are doing fantastic work to address the issues which prevent them making the most of the huge potential which working mums represent in the workplace.”

The awards will be judged by an expert panel made up of Gillian Nissim, Andy Lake (editor of Flexibility.co.uk), Jennifer Liston-Smith (director, head of coaching & consultancy at My Family Care, Dave Dunbar (head of BT Flexible Working Services) and professor Clare Kelliher (Cranfield School of Management).  The winners are due to be announced at a ceremony in central London in November.

Click here for further details of this year’s awards.

●  Last year’s overall winner – Unilever – is also this year’s headline sponsor.

Monday, 11 March 2013

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