Workingmums.co.uk has announced the winners of its fifth annual Top Employer Awards, celebrating the leading companies in gender diversity and flexible working. The Top Employers Award for Innovation in Flexible Working - sponsored by last year's winner Atkins - went to BAE Systems Maritime Naval Ships. The judges praised BAE Systems for taking action on flexible working in a very traditional, male-dominated sector.
BAE Systems Maritime - Naval Ships (MNS) is a traditional shipbuilding organisation which is highly unionised and historically has been governed by a command and control management style. Over the past two years, MNS have embraced a programme of change commencing with the appointment of a full time HR Manager for Diversity and Inclusion who led the implementation of a new flexible working approach called Smart Working in October 2013. Although flexible working policies and practices are common amongst executive populations in large organisations, introducing the extensive levels of true flexibility for professional level employees is innovative and fitting with BAE Systems’ values of trusted and bold. The policy reduces core hours to just a 2.5 hour window and allows employees to take “pop-outs” of up to 1 hour at any time of the day that they choose for any purpose.
Smart Working is about providing a range of flexible working options that recognise the needs of employees individually, as well as the requirements of teams and the business. Smart working looks at environments, technology and different forms of collaboration.
Smart working promotes work life integration and empowers employees to manage their workload in a way which suits the needs of the business and their own personal style and circumstances. Through creating a supportive culture and working environment, employees can feel confident in utilising the flexible working options available whilst also ensuring business needs are fulfilled.
The friendly and social evening gave all those attending an opportunity to network and share best practice. There was a Q&A session sponsored by BAE Systems who had a panel member representing the employer voice - Emma Nabb, HR Manager, Diversity & Inclusion BAE Systems UK. Emma answered questions ranging from the potential impact of Shared Parental Leave on the business to how to embed a flexible working “way of life” into a business of c5000 employees.
Also in attendance were Michael Brennan (Head of Resourcing, BAE Systems UK), Andrew Smith (HR Director, BAE Systems Maritime Naval Ships), Jo Scullion (Continuous Improvement Project Manager for Recruitment Services, BAE Systems UK) and Khayyam Aslam, Sourcing & Attraction CSM at AMS.
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