Barclays, BT and Citi among top employers for working families

barclays7Barclays, BT and Citi have been recognised by the Top Employers for Working Families Benchmark and Awards.

The awards, founded by Working Families in partnership with the Institute for Employment Studies, recognise employers who support parents, carers and flexible workers with work-life balance and career development.

Deloitte, KPMG, the Royal Bank of Scotland and UBS were also in the top ten.

Sub-category winners include Northern Trust, who won The Lexington Gray Best for Flexible Working Award, and Citi, who won The National Grid Best for Innovation Award.

Entrants complete a robust benchmark survey, which examines flexible working policies and practices and can opt to enter one or more of the Special Awards. As well as a host of new competitors, many 2011 entrants have completed the survey again this year, demonstrating that flexible working is increasingly seen as a core strategic tool.

Other Special Award winners include Deloitte, who were awarded Best for Mothers, and Citi, who were awarded Best for Fathers.

Sarah Jackson OBE, Chief Executive of Working Families, says: “These employers have demonstrated how they are developing innovative policies and practices to create flexible, family-friendly cultures that support individual wellbeing and high performance.”

Mary Mercer, Principal Consultant at the Institute for Employment Studies, says: “This year more of us than ever have taken advantage of flexible working to enjoy the world-class events happening in the UK. We would like to see flexible working becoming embedded, the normal way of doing things and available to all.

“These employers are leading the way and using flexible working to help staff to manage their lives and work which in turn increases the productivity and performance of their organisations.”

The news comes during National Work-Life Week 2012, recognising the importance of a healthy work/life balance.

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