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Working Families Awards winners

Published: 10 Mar 2016 16:00

Family friendly workplaces announced.

Winners of the Scottish Top Employers for Working Families Awards were announced in Edinburgh today.

The awards celebrate progressive organisations which recognise family friendly and flexible ways of working are not only good for people but good for business, bringing increased productivity and performance, improve morale and wellbeing, as well as enhancing staff retention and recruitment.

They are organised by Family Friendly Working Scotland - a partnership of Working Families, Fathers Network Scotland, Parenting Across Scotland and the Scottish Government.

Minister for Children and Young People Aileen Campbell said:

"Embracing flexible and family friendly ways of working isn't just the right thing to do, it's the smart thing to do so that employers retain talented, productive staff. Balancing family life with a career can be challenging and every worker in Scotland will be juggling work with family or other commitments.

"Family Friendly Working Scotland supports employers who offer flexibility to workers and these awards celebrate the very best examples of this from across Scotland. The finalists also prove it's not just large employers who can afford to offer family friendly working arrangements to employees.

"I'd like to congratulate all winners and I hope they'll inspire organisations across both the public and private sector to look at how flexible, family friendly working can benefit both them and their employees."

Sarah Jackson OBE, CEO Working Families who chaired The Scottish Top Employers for Working Families judging panel said:

"There clearly is an appetite in Scotland for organisations to create supportive and family friendly workplaces. The quality of entries to the 2016 Scottish Top Employers for Working Families Awards was excellent, with organisations of all sizes and sectors demonstrating that family friendly working policies and practices are good for business performance and good for people.

"We still have a long way to go to ensure that every employee in Scotland is afforded a positive integration between home and work life – too many working families currently find themselves time poor, cash poor and often both. However I am delighted to see so many of Scotland's workplaces leading the way in creating new ways of working that are good for business, people, family life, society and the economy."

Notes to editors

Winners of the Scottish Top Employers for Working Families Awards are:

The Fathers Network Scotland Best for all Stages of Fatherhood Award

Winner – Barclays

Highly Commended – Scottish Parliament

The Carers Scotland Best for Carers and Eldercare Award

Winner – West Dunbartonshire Council

Highly Commended – Standard Life

The Parenting Across Scotland Best for Childcare Award

Winner – Milnbank Housing Association

Best Small Employer

Winner – Quorum Network Resources

Best Large Public Sector Employer

Winner – Highlands and Islands Enterprise

Highly Commended – North Ayrshire Council

Best Large Private Sector Employer

Winner – Scottish Power

Highly Commended – BAE

A full list of finalists can be found here: http://familyfriendlyworkingscotland.org.uk/employer-awards. Case studies of winning organisations are available on request.

The Judging Panel for the Scottish Top Employers for Working Families Awards 2016 was as follows:
Sarah Jackson OBE, CEO, Working Families
Lauren Paterson, Employer Engagement Adviser, Skills Development Scotland
Craig Morris, Policy Lead, Scottish Government
Sam Pringle, Co-Chair, Fathers Network Scotland
Clare Simpson, Project Manager, Parenting Across Scotland
Sue McLintock, Senior Policy Officer, Carers Scotland
Ann Henderson, Women's Officer, STUC
John McLeish, Chairman of The Scottish Tartans Authority and Senior Human Resources Expert

About Family Friendly Working Scotland (FFWS):
Launched in 2014, FFWS is a collaborative programme between Working Families, Fathers Network Scotland, Parenting Across Scotland and the Scottish Government. The programme aims to create a family friendly Scotland in the field of employment. The programme works with employers and relevant stakeholders along with employees and families.