The Working Families’ Best Practice Awards are open

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Could your organisation be a Working Families’ Best Practice Employer in 2018?

Working Families’ unique business awards for organisations who are building an exceptional flexible and employee-friendly working culture for all are now open.

Register now for your entry form. Closing date 23rd April 2018

Showcase and celebrate your achievements by entering your flexible/agile working, work life and parent/carer support initiatives for the Working Families’ Best Practice Awards.  Tell us how your policies and practices are helping to build a flexible and employee-friendly working culture for all your people; how you are offering additional support to parents and carers; and how your initiatives are supporting career progression and increasing gender diversity and equality in your workforce.

At the launch of the 2018 Awards Sarah Jackson OBE, chief executive of Working Families said:

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

“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.”


Winning a Best Practice Award recognises best practice, innovation and sustainability as well as marking out winners as leaders in the field. Entry is free and you can enter as many categories as you wish.

Tell us about your winning policies and practices in the following categories:

Government Equalities Office Best Returner Programme NEW for 2018

For this category, we are interested in hearing from businesses across sectors who have plugged into this large talent pool of returners to help support and encourage people with skills, experience and potential, built up over many years in the workplace back into competitively paid positions.

Best for Mothers

This is about support for mothers at all stages of their children’s lives.

Best for Fathers

This award is about your support for fathers at every stage of their children’s development.

Carers UK Best for Carers & Eldercare

We are interested in innovative and effective ways of supporting employees with caring responsibilities, including eldercare.

Best Family Network NEW for 2018

Please tell us about your family/parent/carer network, specifically what networks do you provide; how do you recognise the contribution of the people who volunteer to run the network; how do you market your network/encourage sign-up?

Best for Diverse Families NEW for 2018

How do you support all the diverse families within your organisation? This is an opportunity to tell us what you do to ensure that you are thinking about the different types of families you employ, and how you can support them.

Best Innovation

Whether it’s a major initiative or one small action which has made the difference, we are looking for examples of innovation in building a flexible, high performance and family friendly organisation.

Best for Flexible Recruitment

Tell us how you incorporate flexible working into your recruitment activities. We are interested in how you ensure that prospective employees know that flexibility is an option.

Best for Embedded Flexibility

Tell us how you have embedded flexible (agile, smart, dynamic etc) working into your organisation.

Best Flexible Working Initiative

Tell us about any flexible (agile, smart, dynamic etc) working initiatives or programmes that you have introduced.

Best for Line Manager Support

Please tell us how you train, develop and support line managers so that they understand the advantages of a work life culture and have the confidence and skills to manage flexible workers and teams.

Best in Sector

We’re looking for the best of the best in large/small private sector, public and third sector employers.


How to enter

Register now to receive the entry form for all categories. Each award entry comprises two parts: some background questions to supplement your entry; and the narrative entry section, where you can tell us in your own words what makes your organisation stand out from others. Read Working Families’ guidelines on entering – What makes a good entry?

You can read more about 2017’s winning entries here.

Entries must be received by close of business on 23rd April.

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