Centrica has kept its place in the UK's Top 10 family friendly employers benchmark for the second year running.
Centrica has again topped the annual list of the UK’s most family friendly employers. Published to kick off National Work Life Week 2015 (Monday 21st - Friday 25th September), the benchmark is now in its sixth year and 2015’s benchmark is the first to look at organisations’ approach to Shared Parental Leave schemes.
Organisations were assessed in detail on their flexible and family friendly working policies and practices. With a best practice approach to family-friendly practices which include being one of few large companies to offer paid leave to employees with carer responsibilities, Centrica scored highly, retaining a place in the top 10 of the final published list of thirty ‘Top Employers for Working Families 2015’.
Alison Hughes, Centrica’s Head of HR Policy and Diversity, said: “We appreciate that our people not only contribute significantly to our continued business success, but also play a vital role in the lives of their families. We are delighted to be recognised for our continued commitment to family friendly policies and practices.”
Sarah Jackson, Chief Executive of Working Families said:
“Working Families congratulates the top 30 organisations and top 10 small employers who have gained a well-deserved place as a Top Employer for Working Families. In a working environment where the Right to Request flexible working and Shared Parental Leave are now a reality, these employers have shown leadership and innovation in their policies and practices, and will reap the rewards of attracting the best talent and having a loyal and engaged workforce.
“As flexible working becomes embedded in more organisations, Working Families is calling on employers to adopt a ‘flexible by default’ approach, to continue the rise in flexible working and help everyone to achieve a work life balance that works for them.”
Inclusion in the Index demonstrates Centrica’s leading position in enlightened employment practices and follows similar recognition by Business in the Community (BITC) for supporting working carers as part of the Championing an Ageing Workforce Award.