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ILF Scotland has been awarded the ‘Best Small Employer’ accolade at this year’s Working Mum’s Top Employers Awards!

The Awards were presented at a ceremony in London on 5th November and celebrate the leading companies in gender diversity and flexible working.

The judges praised the way the Independent Living Fund Scotland had developed a rounded, life cycle approach for their employees, ranging from the provision of good parental leave policies and unconscious bias training for managers to a menopause policy. Absence levels and turnover were low and customer satisfaction was high in a challenging sector. The organisation was actively recruiting from underrepresented talent groups, performing well and providing a good work life balance to their employees.

Aileen McNiven, ILF Scotland’s Executive Business Manager said,

“I am extremely proud to be receiving the Best Small Employer’ award at this year’s Working Mum’s Top Employers Awards on behalf of ILF Scotland . I am grateful for the recognition received for our work, because I am very sure that every other nominee for this award was just as worthy of winning this award.

We have faced several challenges on our way here, but each one of them has only strengthened us to make our employee offering what it is today; we are an organisation who sets their eyes on a goal and does not lose sight of it – to offer a life friendly supportive offering to all our employees. Winning this award would not have been possible without the inspiration from our leaders and colleagues, for whom I have the deepest respect.”

ILF Scotland Chief Operating Officer, Harvey Tilley, commented,

“We are honoured and incredibly proud to receive this UK wide award. It is fantastic to be seen as a national leader, leading the way in creating and developing innovative, flexible working practices.

“When establishing the organisation, we decided a people-friendly culture, not even just a family friendly one, was important for staff. So while ILF Scotland offers flexibility to its working parents, it also offers any employee the right to work flexibly no matter what their individual circumstances are. I believe our approach is highly effective and I will always champion people friendly working!”

Gillian Nissim, Founder of workingmums.co.uk, said,

“This year’s 10th anniversary Top Employers Awards are a chance to look back at how far we have come, and forward to the challenges that remain. In looking back we can see that there has been tremendous progress in terms of uptake of flexible working and in areas such as family support, but there is still a lot to be done to normalise flexible working from recruitment to senior management and to recognise the different pinch points that employees may face at different points in their career path.”

For more information about the awards check out Working Mum’s website here.