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Local firm reaches finals of the national awards

The shortlist for the annual Best Practice Awards has been announced today 10 May 2019 by work life balance charity Working Families

MHA Larking Gowen has been named as a finalist in the “Best Flexible Working Initiative” award category of the Working Families’ Best Practice Awards. Employers large and small from many sectors compete annually to reach the shortlist for the unique business awards for flexible, agile organisations.

Now in their tenth year, Working Families’ Best Practice Awards  showcase and celebrate employers who are offering flexibility for all their people and going above and beyond in their support for parents and carers.

“We are delighted to be shortlisted for this award,” says Amanda Ninham, Head of Human Resources at MHA Larking Gowen. “The ability for our people to work flexibly around their commitments outside of work and achieve a sense of balance in their lives is extremely important to us.  Our flexible working approach dovetails perfectly with our wellbeing commitment too.”

Jane van Zyl, Chief Executive of Working Families and Chair of the judging panel, says,

“Working Families would like to congratulate MHA Larking Gowen, whose flexible working culture and employee-friendly workplace has earned them a much-coveted place as a finalist of this year’s Best Practice Awards.  MHA Larking Gowen’s outstanding entry in the Best Flexible Working Initiative category caught the attention of the judging panel and stood out amongst a record number of entrants.

“Flexible working isn’t just good for parents and carers; it’s good for business. Employers reap valuable rewards when they give their staff members more control over their time—from improved employee engagement to better organisational performance.

“Our research shows an unmet demand for flexible working. 86% of parents want to work flexibly but less than half (49%) actually do.  Initiatives like those on the shortlist are key to helping parents take control of their time and find the work-life balance that works best for them.”

 

The full shortlist for the 12 categories:

 

Best Flexible Working Initiative – sponsored by NHS Employers

Larking Gowen

Suffolk County Council

Global Witness

 

Best for Mothers

Barclays

FYXER

Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield

Mum & You

 

Best for Fathers

Response IT

Deloitte

Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield

 

Best for Carers & Eldercare

Barclays

Centrica

 

Best for Embedded Flexibility – sponsored by Arnold Clark

Freestyle

Deloitte

Morgan Sindall

 

Best for Flexible Recruitment

Suffolk County Council

Arnold Clark

 

Best for Line Manager Support

Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield

 

Best Innovation – sponsored by ILF Scotland

Waltham Forest Council

Arnold Clark

 

Best Returner Programme – sponsored by Royal Bank of Canada

Barclays

Allen & Overy

Morgan Sindall

Natwest Markets

 

Best Family Network

Barclays

Royal Bank of Scotland

Sky

 

Best for Mental Health & Wellbeing – sponsored by Schroders

Deloitte

QBE Insurance Group

Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield

Financial Ombudsman Service

 

Best Small Employer

Response IT

9-2-3 Jobs

Slalom

 

The winners of each category will be announced on 20th June at London’s Vintners’ Hall.

 

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