The search is on for the country’s most flexible and family friendly employers with the launch today of the Scottish Top Employers for Working Families Awards.
Organised by Family Friendly Working Scotland, the awards showcase the work of forward-thinking businesses who support employees to combine home and work life.
Lisa Gallagher, Programme Director at Family Friendly Working Scotland, said:
“The Scottish Top Employers for Working Families awards are totally unique. They are the only business awards which specifically recognise employers that have created a great flexible and family friendly working culture. The awards are a great platform for people-centred businesses to get recognition for their innovative approach and to be recognised as trail-blazers in their field.”
Now entering their fourth year, the awards are attended by 150 business leaders.
New research has examined for the first time the ratio of quality jobs advertised as open to flexible working options in Scotland.
Conducted by flexibility experts Timewise, and commissioned by the Scottish Government working in partnership with Family Friendly Working Scotland, the research reveals a huge mismatch between the availability of flexible jobs and the number of people wanting to work flexibly.
The week is an opportunity for both employers and employees to focus on well-being at work and work-life balance.
Employers can use the week to provide activities for staff, and to showcase their flexible working policies and practices. Take a look at some of our case studies from last year.
Family Friendly Working Scotland (FFWS) – the hub organisation for flexible and family friendly working in Scotland – is living its mission by enabling its most senior role to be carried out on a job share basis.
The job share sees two successful, committed, hard-working women with complimentary skill sets and can-do attitudes working together on distinct areas of responsibility. Two people with young children, seeking a creative way to combine parenthood with a senior leadership role.
By Lesley Macniven, Equate Scotland’s Women Returners Programme Lead
Equate Scotland have worked as change agents across the Scottish science, technology and engineering landscape for the last ten years, helping employers create more diverse, equal and family friendly workplaces.
As experts on increasing women’s representation in these STEM industries, our work articulates the social and economic benefits of creating an inclusive workplace culture. As such we work closely with partner organisation Family Friendly Working Scotland (FFWS).