Who will be named best company for working dads?

Top Employer awards shortlist is unveiled with three big names slugging it out to win the dads’ prize

Gillian Nissim, Top Employer Awards


Three companies are vying to be named the nation’s best for dads.

The shortlist for the 10th annual Top Employer Awards organised by workingdads.co.uk parent company workingmums.co.uk has just been announced.

31 firms have been nominated across eight categories.

In the ‘Best for dads’ section the shortlisted firms are The Telegraph Group, Aviva and Morgan Sindall Infrastructure. All boast enhanced parental leave policies and have demonstrated a commitment to including dads in the discussion around work life balance.

Lifecycle approach to work

The awards are focussed on the lifecycle approach to flexible working, considering how people want to work depending on their age, health and family circumstances. Other categories include best family support, innovation in flexible working and career progression. The gongs will be handed out at a London ceremony on November 5. The keynote speaker is Deputy Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, Vice President of Carers UK and Founder and CEO of CW Consulting Box Caroline Waters who has a long track record in promoting a lifecycle approach to the workforce. There’ll be a Q&A with an expert panel and networking opportunities.

Gillian Nissim, Founder of Workingmums.co.uk, says: “We are extremely pleased with the range of different employers represented at this year’s 10th anniversary awards – the broadest to date. Over the last decade it has been wonderful to see how innovation in flexible and family friendly working has spread across sectors and employers. Every year we are impressed by the level of dedication and commitment we see to pushing forward this agenda to make the workplace more reflective of the UK’s talent base. This year’s winners will be featured in our Best Practice Report as we seek to share good practice and encourage a more holistic approach to embedding flexible working for all employees across the working lifecycle.”

Here’s the full list of nominations:

Best for dads

This award is for employers who demonstrate specific policies targeting dads, such as inclusive parenting networks, publications and outreach targeted around dad’s rights.

Shortlisted: Morgan Sindall Infrastructure, Aviva, The Telegraph

Best for returners

Sponsored by enei

This award recognises organisations which demonstrate they have stand-out programmes or initiatives aimed at returners – those who have taken a career break and are looking to get back into the workplace.

Shortlisted:  Vodafone Group Services Limited, UBS, Sky, Morgan Sindall Infrastructure, Highways England and FDM Group

The SME Awards

These awards are for small companies who demonstrate a real commitment to work life balance practices which specifically help working parents, such as flexible working, support on return to work from maternity leave and career development for women.

1-25 employees

Shortlisted: HR180, Cuttsy+Cuttsy, Convosphere Ltd, Carty Services and Now Teach

26-250 employees

Shortlisted: Ella’s Kitchen, Cloudbooking and Independent Living Fund Scotland

Innovation in Flexible Working

This award is for employers who demonstrate specific policies and practices related to flexible working which are truly innovative and break new ground, whether that be in a particular industry or in general.

Shortlisted: UBS, John Lewis Partnership, Pitney Bowes, Pearson, Now Teach, Morgan Sindall Infrastructure, Hachette UK, Food Standards Agency and Arnold Clark

Family Support

This award is for organisations who have demonstrated policies and practices which aim to make it easier to balance work and family life.

Shortlisted: Teach First, HR180, Aviva, Ardmore, London Borough of Waltham Forest and Vodafone Group Services Limited

Recruitment & Talent Attraction

This award is for organisations who demonstrate that their recruitment process openly promotes flexible working.

Shortlisted:  HP Inc, Arnold Clark and QA

Career Progression

Sponsored by AT Kearney Ltd

This award is for employers who demonstrate initiatives aimed at developing women’s leadership potential, including women’s networks, mentoring initiatives and return to work programmes.

Shortlisted: Roche UK, Balfour Beatty, HP Inc and Bromley Healthcare

Working Mums Champion

This award is for stand-out individuals whose efforts have made a big difference to working mums in their workplace.

Shortlisted: Carolanne Minashi from UBS, Erica Ingham from Mediacom North, Aileen McNiven from Independent Living Fund Scotland and Amanda Fone founder & CEO of F1 recruitment.

An overall Top Employer will be chosen from the winners of each category.

The Awards will be judged by an expert panel made up of Gillian Nissim, founder of Workingmums.co.uk; Andy Lake, editor of Flexibility.co.uk; Jennifer Liston-Smith, Director/Head of Coaching and Consultancy at My Family Care; Dave Dunbar,  Head of Digital Workspace at the Department of Work and Pensions; and Clare Kelliher, Professor of Work and Organisation at Cranfield School of Management.

*A copy of the Best Practice Report based on the 2018 Top Employer Awards is available here.

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