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Henmans LLP, Winner 2011, Best for Career Progression Award

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 to over-work, and they are discouraged from accessing company systems and email in their non-working hours. This is monitored and action is possible if an employee appears to be in danger of compromising their work-life balance. The business has seen positive results in terms of staff retention and satisfaction. Unusually for this sector, people have been promoted to partner whilst retaining a reduced hours working arrangement.