Top employers for flexible working

IES Perspectives on HR 2014

Mercer M | HR Network Paper mp101 | Institute for Employment Studies | Jan 2014

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For the last four years, IES has collaborated with work-life balance charity, Working Families, on the ‘Top Employers for Working Families’ benchmarking and awards.

The brainchild of Sarah Jackson, Chief Executive of Working Families, the charity elicited our help to develop the idea and to create the first survey, which forms the basis of the survey today.

The plan was to develop a benchmark which showed employers the ‘platinum standard’ in being a family-friendly, flexible employer.

The idea has developed over the years to demonstrate to employers that flexibility is also about business excellence and that being flexible and wanting your employees to be flexible creates the right conditions for productivity and competitive advantage.

This paper outlines the benchmark and standards behind the awards.