Civil Service, Winner 2016, The Innovation Award

One of the challenges to being in an effective job share is finding an appropriate partner. Often organisations leave the search up to individuals. Others create registers to collect names which can be rudimentary and paper based. Innovation in the job share arena was badly needed. The Civil Service has created that innovative approach: the Civil Service job share finder tool to allow all civil servants to identify and contact each other when looking for a job share partnership. The site has had 1,226 registrants since its launch in 2015… Read More

Citi, Highly Commended 2016, The Innovation Award

Citi’s approach to the implementation of Shared Parental Leave (SPL) demonstrates an innovative and rigorous approach to policy implementation. Eighteen months ahead of SPL legislation, Citi started developing how it was going to structure and implement its SPL policy. Deciding to match the maternity offering, the innovation lies in the partnerships formed, the communications made and the support engendered in senior management… Read More

Deloitte LLP, Finalist 2016, The Innovation Award

Deloitte wanted to engage talented women, who were ready to return to work after a career break but potentially lacked confidence, to transition back into the workplace . This led to the development of the Deloitte Return-to-Work programme targeting women with relevant experience who had been out of the workforce for over two years and who were looking to return without taking a step back in their career… Read More

Lloyds Banking Group, Finalist 2016, The Innovation Award

As a founder member of the Agile Future Forum, Lloyds Banking Group has been looking closely at ways to become more agile over the past 18 months. In September 2015, Lloyds launched a new agile working programme ‘Getting Smart about Agile Working’ to help staff and their managers think more creatively about how, when and where they work to deliver the best outcomes. The campaign has helped to embed agile working into the company culture… Read More

Ministry of Justice, Finalist 2016, The Innovation Award

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ), like all government departments, continues to go through change and staff reduction which can lead to employee uncertainty and stress. The MoJ has sought to help staff to cope with their personal and work related levels of stress with a focus on wellbeing. For the MoJ the focus on wellbeing comes from the understanding that a healthier workforce leads to a more efficient workforce. In other words, if staff are not at their best, they cannot provide their best work and service for the customer… Read More

Royal Air Force, Finalist 2016, The Innovation Award

A series of maternity consultation events, run with servicewomen spanning all stages of motherhood, demonstrated to the Royal Air Force (RAF) that both Service personnel and their managers were having difficulty navigating through the complexity of all the parenting leave policy. This was perceived by personnel as a lack of support from their managers, hampering regular dialogue… Read More

West Midlands Police, Finalist 2016, The Innovation Award

West Midlands Police is experiencing significant change as objectives are reviewed, demand assessed and the organisation plans resourcing to provide the best possible service for the public they serve. The force is finding ways to balance this imperative with the needs and preferences of employees.

The  Forensic Services Manager understood from the start the value of allowing employees to work as flexibly as possible, with everyone having an equal opportunity, supported by a manager who is fair and transparent. She reviewed flexible working for the whole team, with everyone submitting their preferences at the same time. Her objective was to refresh and design a shift pattern that served the business need but did not create issues for staff in respect of impact on their personal lives… Read More

Barclays Bank, Finalist 2015, The DTCC Best for Innovation Award

Barclays recognises the importance of enabling colleagues to grow their careers while they grow their families. Feedback from employees after a bespoke event on maternity and paternity was the catalyst for their innovative ‘Stay in Touch’ app that helps those out of the business on maternity or parental leave to feel connected.

At the event, new mums said there were challenges in maintaining line manager contact while on maternity leave. Designated ‘Keep in Touch’ days added value but they wanted more flexible options for staying connected. In response, a ‘Keeping in Touch’ project was set up, with a team of cross-business volunteers, ER/HR/IT partners, business leaders and employee network leads, to collaborate on finding solutions…read more

Deloitte, Joint Winner 2015, The DTCC Best for Innovation Award

Deloitte’s Time Out initiative, which allows employees to take an extra four-week block of leave each year, has proven to be a popular addition to the firm’s agile working practices.  As the firm says: “It helps our people to achieve a better balance between their career and other commitments such as family. Our people say they love the policy.” Time Out is an excellent demonstration that sometimes a simple and straightforward approach can be incredibly successful in attracting and retaining the best people and giving a competitive advantage…read more

Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Finalist 2015, The DTCC Best for Innovation Award

The Projects Task Force (PTF) was set up in 2012 in response to a need for greater flexibility in dealing with emerging priorities and a belief that the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) was not maximising the benefits of staff looking to work atypically (part-time or remotely). The organisation saw this as an opportunity to create a team that would work flexibly to better address its changing priorities. At the same time, the FCO wanted to demonstrate that staff who worked atypically (often so that they could balance family commitments with work whether in the UK or overseas) could perform successfully in a wide range of challenging and high-profile roles. The broader operating context was one of reduced budgets and headcounts, which meant making use of valuable talent even more crucial…read more

Ministry of Justice, Joint Winner 2015, The DTCC Best for Innovation Award

The Ministry of Justice’s (MoJ) ‘commuter hubs’ have shown that both individual and business benefits can be derived from excellent, creative flexible working solutions. The impetus came from the MoJ engagement survey which showed that staff wanted a better work–life balance. The issue seemed to be acute in London where many employees faced a long commute, some up to three hours each way, each day. There was also a need to reduce and rationalise estate costs…read more

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