Britain’s most flexible workplaces are unveiled

Britain’s most flexible and family friendly workplaces have been unveiled by Working Families.

Employers large and small, from many sectors compete annually to gain a place on the list of Top Employers for Working Families.

This year’s list includes Allen & Overy, EY, Citi, Imperial College London, Hogan Lovells, and American Express.

In order to get onto the list, employers answer in-depth questions and are scored on four key areas to build a comprehensive picture of their flexible and family friendly working environment.

These are, integration, which looks at culture, attitude and how far flexibility has become embedded; policy, which looks at the creation, development and deployment of flexibility; consistent practice, which considers how well flexibility is supported; and measurement and results, which looks at the effects of flexibility on the organisation, and their ability to understand those effects.

This year’s Top Ten, in alphabetical order, are:

  • American Express
  • Barclays Bank
  • Crown Prosecution Service
  • Deloitte
  • EY
  • Intellectual Property Office
  • Lloyds Banking Group
  • Pinsent Masons
  • Royal Bank of Scotland
  • Southdown Housing

Sarah Jackson OBE, Chief Executive of Working Families said, “Congratulations to the wide range of organisations whose flexible agile workplaces have earnt them a much-coveted place on 2017’s list of Top 30 Employers for Working Families.”

“The annual benchmark provides a clear picture, not just of current practice, but also the evolving way organisations think about work life balance and flexible working.”

“All the evidence shows that organisations where flexibility is properly integrated into the culture out-perform their peers.”

“Those companies that want to be the best for their people and for productivity should benchmark their progress with us to move forward on their journey.”

“But with 11 million working parents in the UK, flexibility has to be a mainstream way of doing business.”

“Employers should be looking to find the flexibility that is inherent in every role, rather than reaching the tired nine-to-five model.”

The list has been unveiled to coincide with National Work Life Week. National Work Life Week encourages employers to organise activities for staff and enable flexible working policies in order to create a health balance of work and home life.

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