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  • Virtual Sales Team, Finalist 2017, Best for Flexible Recruitment Award

    17 Jul 2017

    Virtual Sales Team’s business model is designed on flexibility and all external roles are advertised as flexible. The company has set a target that full-time staff will not exceed 20 per cent of the workforce, aiming to create a diverse team of employees who provide a better quality of service for clients. Overall, 83 per […]

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  • Virtual Sales Team, Commended 2017, The Best Small Employer Award

    14 Jul 2017

    Virtual Sales Team was formed ten years ago as a family friendly organisation with flexibility at its core. The judges were impressed with its excellent levels of staff retention, with employees enabled to start late or finish early for school run reasons, flex their shift patterns, work part-time and reduce or increase hours on a […]

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  • Turn IT On, Winner 2017, The Direct Line Group Best for Embedded Flexibility Award

    14 Jul 2017

    Managers act as role models in their use of flexible working and shared parental leave Options to work flexibly are actively promoted Performance of flexible workers monitored to ensure their work is fairly recognised ICT support business Turn IT On actively recruits staff to work flexibly, innovating to support those who work in non-traditional ways. […]

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  • The Difference Collective – Finalist 2018, Cityparents Best for Innovation Award

    20 Jun 2018

    The Difference Collective is the first ever virtual healthcare communications consultancy, allowing senior-level freelance professionals to work both flexibly and collaboratively.  It has attracted over 50 independent consultants and 24 clients since it launched in June 2017.   Operating as a ‘talent kite-mark’ for clients, members can access all the benefits of a traditional agency while […]

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  • Pursuit Marketing – Joint Winner 2018, Best Small Employer Award

    20 Jun 2018

    Pursuit Marketing offers a four-day week as standard, term-time only roles and a scheme to automatically approve small changes to employee schedules. It’s a hit with staff and delivers robust business benefits too.  Key Points Standard four-day week with full pay.  Productivity increased by 30 per cent.  Term-time only roles for men and women.  Pursuit’s […]

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  • Plantronics, Winner 2013, The Best for Innovation Award

    20 Jan 2015

    Sector: Technology/Communications Location: Royal Wootton Bassett Employees: 120 UK based, 3,500 world-wide Plantronics is a medium-sized company specialising in the technology sector. They have taken an approach to flexible and family-friendly working which they themselves say starts and ends from the proposition that employees can be trusted to deliver whatever working pattern they choose. By […]

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  • Plantronics, Winner 2013, The Best for Engagement Award

    20 Jan 2015

    Sector: Technology/Communications Location: Royal Wootton Bassett Employees: 120 UK based, 3,500 world-wide Plantronics is a medium-sized company specialising in the technology sector. They have developed what they call an ‘ultimate’ approach to flexibility which allows for complete flexibility regarding how, where and when work is done. Even if they are in the office, there are […]

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  • Plantronics, Commended 2013, The RBS Best for Flexible Working Award

    20 Jan 2015

    Sector: Technology/Communications Location: Royal Wootton Bassett Employees: 120 UK based, 3,500 worldwide Plantronics is a medium-sized company specialising in the technology sector. They have developed what they call an ‘ultimate’ approach to flexibility which allows complete flexibility about how, where and when work is done. Even if they are in the office, there are a […]

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  • OUTiCO, Finalist 2017, Best for Flexible Recruitment Award

    17 Jul 2017

    Pharmaceutical SME OUTiCO actively recruits on the basis of flexibility. As well as using the Happy to Talk Flexible Working strapline, it is including flexibility in the advert headline, attracting candidates who are looking for better work-life balance. Flexible contracts are offered as standard – 100 per cent of staff have flexibility. The company uses […]

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  • Millwood Servicing – Finalist 2018, My Family Care Best for Mothers Award

    20 Jun 2018

    Fire safety and electrical engineering firm, Millwood Servicing, has an impressive 100 per cent return rate for mothers – even five years after their children was born.  Family flexible working is promoted throughout the organisation along with open and honest conversations about anything employees feel can help balance work and family life.  The firm’s holiday […]

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  • LUC – Finalist 2018, Best Small Employer Award

    20 Jun 2018

    An agile working policy includes part-time working, compressed hours, flexible start and finish times, remote working and the option to buy extra holiday or request periods of unpaid leave.  More than half of employees at the environmental consultancy work flexibly on a formal or frequent basis. Almost all work flexibly on an ad hoc or […]

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  • Loop Customer Management, Commended 2012, Best for Mothers Award

    25 Aug 2017

    Loop Customer Management provides billing & collection and customer services for Yorkshire Water. They employ 578 people, 70 per cent of whom are women. Because they have a large number of female workers, it is vital that they are able to get maternity policies right to both ensure that they manage the maternity process well, […]

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  • KnownFour – Commended 2018, Best for Flexible Recruitment Award

    20 Jun 2018

    All jobs at recruitment firm, KnownFour, are advertised as flexible.  All staff choose where they work and how they structure their hours. Even those who work full-time work flexibly around school-runs or other commitments. All staff currently choose to work from home.  The company’s hiring framework includes a stage for prospective employees to explore how […]

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  • Independent Living Fund Scotland – Joint Winner 2018, Best Small Employer Award

    20 Jun 2018

    Life friendly working is the mantra for the Independent Living Fund Scotland. Generous maternity and paternity packages, flexible working for all and ‘nothing off the table’ for discussion about work life balance make the public body a truly family friendly workplace.  Key Points ‘Life friendly’ working culture for all.  99 per cent of employees feel […]

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  • iCrossing, Winner 2015, The Direct Line Group Best for Line Managers Award

    16 Jun 2015

    In a competitive sector, iCrossing has shown that the foundation to embedding flexible working is set by supportive managers who want to make it work and who understand the benefits that it can bring to them and their business, including high performance and happy individuals. Their philosophy is that good management is integral to good […]

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  • iCrossing, Winner 2015, The Citymothers Best for All Stages of Motherhood Award

    16 Jun 2015

    iCrossing’s approach to supporting its mothers is fresh and innovative. Over the past five years the company has actively set out to increase its female workforce, believing that a more diverse working demographic will benefit both its culture and its clients. iCrossing has a desire to attract and retain the best in a competitive industry. […]

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  • iCrossing, Finalist 2015, The Cityfathers Best for all Stages of Fatherhood Award

    16 Jun 2015

    iCrossing has demonstrated its totally flexible approach to achieving balance between work and home life through the way it considers fathers. This approach is based on a well-considered and well-executed business case: the company is aware that, in the digital industry, demand is high for the most talented experts and tenure can be short. It […]

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  • Henmans LLP, Winner 2011, Best for Career Progression Award

    25 Aug 2017

    Career progression is not dependent on hours worked or how they are worked (at home or in the office). Employees can choose to either work more intensively if they wish, or less so if they want to combine work with other interests or responsibilities. There is a recognition of the potential for home based workers […]

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  • Henmans LLP, Finalist 2012, Best for Career Progression for Flexible Workers Award

    25 Aug 2017

    Henmans LLP is a law firm based in Oxford, employing 123 people. The firm has a commitment to work-life balance and believes that flexible working is no impediment to career development and progression. Performance and motivation are key, and the firm looks to reward these characteristics in its employees regardless of their working pattern. The […]

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  • Henmans LLP, Finalist 2011, The Best for Fathers Award

    25 Aug 2017

    Paternity leave is paid at enhanced rates for one week, with no qualifying period for employees. Paternity returners are able to phase back to work. This is in support of a culture which seeks to treat men and women equally, with several men at a senior level working flexibly and sharing care more or less […]

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  • Dulas, Winner 2017, The Deloitte Best for all stages of Motherhood Award

    14 Jul 2017

    100 per cent retention rate for mothers five years after the birth of their first child All requests for flexibility approved Mothers make up two-thirds of the senior management team Engineering firm Dulas is bucking the trend in STEMM (science, technology, engineering, medicine and mathematics) businesses, with its extremely successful retention strategies for new mothers […]

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  • DLA Piper, Finalist 2015, The Santander Best New Flexible Working Initiative

    16 Jun 2015

    DLA Piper’s initiative has given a real boost to flexibility by rebranding and relaunching it as ‘agile working’. In particular, DLA Piper has focused on career progression,  often a challenge for flexible workers, through the use of job-sharing supported by clever use of technology. For the rebrand, the  firm developed two guides: one for employees […]

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  • Designated Group – Finalist 2018, Best for Embedded Flexibility Award

    20 Jun 2018

    The entire team at business services firm Designated Group work remotely, manage their own time and work the number of hours they choose.  Cost-savings are passed on to clients who benefit from high calibre, skilled and experienced remote business support for only the hours they need.  Technology is used to ensure employees have regular team […]

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  • Brand Learning, Winner 2017, Best Small Employer

    14 Jul 2017

    Bespoke and common-sense approach to flexibility Enhanced maternity, paternity and shared parental leave offers support for mothers and fathers Creative solutions include options to ‘buy’ more holiday and spread the payments The judges were impressed with Brand Learning’s thoughtful approach to enabling staff to perform. Its family friendly culture recognises the need to balance work […]

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  • Berwin Leighton Paisner, Finalist 2017, Best for Flexible Recruitment Award

    17 Jul 2017

    A new office was set up to operate in a more flexible way, challenging law firms’ traditional ways of working. Home-based team of real estate lawyers recruited as part of this drive. Flexi-time system trialled in the firm’s Manchester office. Together with formal flexible arrangements this means 96 per cent of the Manchester office have […]

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Case study library supported by a donation from the Wainwright Trust

The Wainwright Trust was set up 30 years ago in the name of equal pay and opportunities pioneer David Wainwright. Following David’s tragically early death in 1987 the Wainwright Trust has raised money, commissioned and published research, funded and helped produce invaluable tools in the fight for equal pay and opportunities and held annual events to bring together and update people committed to and active in the area of equality at work.

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