Hot on the heels of the Mumpreneur awards, I’ve also located the “Top Employer Awards” from www.WorkingMums.co.uk which recognise employers who are progressive in their flexible working practices and proactive in seeking to assist working parents combine successful careers with being a parent.
The awards will take place on 5th October 2011 in Central London, with entries needing to be received by TODAY (15th July 2011).
The award categories are:
- Innovation in Flexible Working Award
For companies with 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.
- Employee Engagement Award
For companies which can demonstrate a commitment to and strategy for enabling employees at all levels to feed back their views on policies relevant to working parents, such as flexible working, and a willingness to take this feedback on board.
- Shared Parenting Award
For companies with specific policies for encouraging shared parenting, such as innovative approaches on shared parental leave and paternity leave which go beyond what current and proposed legislation stipulates, support networks for all parents rather than only mothers and other activities which support all parents.
- Talent Attraction Award
For organisations which can demonstrate that their recruitment process openly promotes flexible working.
- Childcare Award
For organisations with innovative policies and partnerships with childcare providers/employers which make it easier for employees to access childcare.
- SME Award [split into sections for companies with under 25 and under 250 employees]
For SMEs which can 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 and show how these are of benefit to the organisation.
- Top Employer Award
Selected from those shortlisted for the other awards and representing the organisation deemed to have outstanding policies on work life balance, diversity and flexible working.
- Working Mums Champion Award
For stand-out individuals whose efforts have made a big difference to working mums in their workplace. Potential recipients of this Award would include senior or middle managers who have, for instance, set up a parent support forum or put forward innovative proposals for areas such as maternity leave and return to work.
To find out more about the award categories and see if your company qualifies visit: