Workingmums.co.uk has announced the winners of
its fourth annual Top Employer Awards, celebrating
the leading companies in family friendly working.
The Awards, sponsored by last year's winner
Unilever, were presented at a ceremony at London's
Soho Hotel on 5 November where the keynote speaker
was Minister for Equalities Jo Swinson.
Winner of the Overall Top Employer Award
was Atkins (pictured above right).
Atkins was praised by judges for the range of
initiatives it was undertaking on flexible working
and women's career progression in a tough economic
environment and a male-dominated sector.
Awards were presented for eight other categories,
including a new category on Career Progression,
introduced to reflect moves to increase the female
pipeline as a result of targets for women on boards:
Top Employers Award for Innovation in
Flexible Working - sponsored by McDonald's
Restaurants Limited - went to Atkins.
The judges praised strong case studies, a high level
of flexible working among men, female leadership
targets and a clear drive and strong business case
for diversity in a sector where this was not the
The Top Employers Award for Career
Progression went to Royal Mail
Group. The judges felt the winner made a
strong and public case for its programme to improve
the female talent pipeline. It had good
representation of women in senior roles, there was
work on career progression at all levels and a new
leadership programme and workshops which gave women
the tools they needed to succeed. The organisation
was also praised for its outreach work in schools
The Top Employers Award for Best for Dads,
sponsored by IG Group, went to the London
School of Economics and Political Science.
The judges felt the winner had built on its
innovative programme for dads and were impressed
that some 37% of male employees were working
flexibly in an environment which was often
inflexible and that workshops for dads were offered
to partners of staff who worked in other
The Top Employers Award for Talent
Attraction, sponsored by last year's winner
CA Technologies, went to Barclays.
The judges felt the winner's outreach work was very
strong and praised the fact that they sponsored
awards and projects that promoted or supported women
in the workplace. They built relationships with
prospective employees at an early stage and openly
advertised flexible jobs.
Winner of the Top Employers Award for
Family Support went to Danone.
The judges felt the winner of this award had a
comprehensive approach to family support, covering
adoption policy, flexible working for all, family
days, retirement policy, grandparent leave,
surrogacy leave and stress and well being.
The Top Employers Award for SMEs with
1-25 employees went to Mahon
Digital Marketing Ltd. The judges praised
the winner for its impressive remote working model
and the fact that it worked on an international
scale. They made a good business case for hiring
parents. The organisation showed that it didn’t
matter where people were based in a successful
flexible business model.
Top Employers Award for SMEs with over
26-250 employees went to Brand
Learning. The judges praised the winner's
commitment to diversity at board level, its family
events, employee assistance programme and coaching
and counselling provision. Its directors were
walking the talk in a sector which was highly
competitive and where there is a long hours culture.
The Working Mums Champion Award
- sponsored by Anna Rasmussen Ltd - went to
Clare Bishop of Addison Lee. The judges
felt the winner stood out for her commitment to
driving through an innovative programme which got
people talking about the issues facing working mums
in the workplace. Her influence went beyond her own
company and she had caught the public imagination.
The Award judges were:
- Gillian Nissim, Founder of
- Cary L. Cooper, Distinguished Professor of
Organisational Psychology and Health, University
- Jennifer Liston-Smith, Director of Coaching
& Consultancy at My Family Care,
- Dave Dunbar, Head of BT Flexible Working
- Clare Kelliher, Professor of Work and
Organisation at Cranfield School of Management.
The judges took part in a lively Q & A Panel,
which was sponsored by William Hill. There was also
a networking session where winners and shortlisted
entrants were able to swap ideas. Media partners for
the event were The FIRM and Anywhere Working.
Gillian Nissim, Founder of
“Entries for this
year's Awards were very impressive and the judging
process was often very close as a result. We were
particularly struck this year by the range of
different employers doing innovative work in their
sector and clearly grasping the business case for
doing so. We hope the Awards will inspire other
employers to follow their lead.”
*For information on the organisations which were
shortlisted for the Awards,