Finalists Revealed for the Working Families Best Practice Awards 2020

Working Families Best Practice Awards 2020 Finalists

Work-life balance charity Working Families has announced the shortlist for its 2020 Best Practice Awards. The awards celebrate employers whose stand-out cultures and working practices are leading the way in flexible and employee-friendly workplaces.

We're delighted to congratulate 6 of our clients for being shortlisted in the various categories:

  • Royal Air Force
  • Barclays
  • Royal Bank of Scotland
  • Bank of England
  • UBS

Now in their eleventh 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.

Employers from a diverse range of sectors from across the UK have competed to catch the judges’ attention in 9 categories. The full shortlisted organisations are:

Best for Mothers – sponsored by Arnold Clark:

  • CDC Group
  • Experian
  • Royal Air Force

Best for Fathers – sponsored by Nationwide:

  • Aviva
  • Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield
  • Zurich Insurance
  • Best for Carers & Eldercare – sponsored by Crown Prosecution Service
  • Centrica
  • Civil Service
  • Nationwide

Best Family Network:

  • Barclays
  • British Army
  • Royal Bank of Scotland
  • Santander
  • Best for Mental Health & Wellbeing
  • Bank of England
  • Crown Prosecution Service
  • Wates

Best Innovation:

  • Pinsent Mason
  • Royal Air Force

Best for Flexible Working – sponsored by Schroders:

  • Civil Service
  • Hill Dickinson
  • Pitney Bowes
  • Royal Air Force
  • Zurich Insurance

Best Returner Programme:

  • Essex County Council with Capita Resourcing
  • UBS
  • Best Small Private Sector Employer
  • ILF Scotland


Jane van Zyl, Chief Executive of Working Families and chair of the judging panel said:

“Congratulations to our finalists, whose flexible working culture, innovation, and supportive workplaces have earned them a much-coveted place as finalists of this year’s Best Practice Awards. These outstanding companies stood out amongst an impressive pool of entrants.

“With many thousands of employees working from home during the current COVID-19 pandemic, flexible working has never been such a hot topic. But it shouldn’t be something that’s done only in an emergency; it’s good for business. When employees have more control over their time, we see improved engagement and retention, as well as better organisational performance.

“Our research shows that nearly half of parents don’t work flexibly—but of these parents, over three-quarters would like to. There is clear demand for flexible, family-friendly workplaces, which is why we’re delighted to recognise the employers on the shortlist—who are standouts in innovative, agile ways of working.”


More information about the Working Families Best Practice Awards 2020

The winners of the Working Families’ Best Practice Awards will be announced in May 2020.

Judging Panel

The final winners of each Award category are judged by an expert panel. The judging process for the Awards is anonymous; none of the judges know the identity of the companies which they are judging.

Modern Families Index 2020

The Modern Families Index was published by Working Families with Bright Horizons in January 2020.