The Awards are now in their third year and over 50 organisations have entered, representing over three quarters of a million employees. Uniquely, the benchmark and awards provide employers of all sizes and from all sectors the chance to compare their work-life balance policies and practices with other organisations, and see how family friendly they really are.
At a time when your people give you a competitive edge, getting your family friendly policies right can mean the difference between being an employer of choice, attracting and retaining the best employees or losing out. Evidence is also increasingly pointing to the strong positive correlations between good work life balance and performance at work. Those organisations taking part in the benchmark will not only get insight into how their offering to working parents and carers stacks up against what is offered by other companies. They also get to compare how well their policies are actually working.
As well as the benchmark, which offers the opportunity for detailed insights into family friendly working, there is the opportunity for organisations to enter special awards across a range of categories. These awards recognise outstanding practice and creativity across the following family-friendly areas: Innovation and Engagement; Flexible Working; Best for Mothers; Best for Fathers; Best for Carers; and Best for Career Progression. There is a strong field of entrants in 2011 from a range of sectors.
The winners will be announced at an Awards ceremony on 27 September. For more information on Working Families, visit their website.
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