Central Co-op and Ikea UK shortlisted for Best benefits to support work-life balance

Central Co-op Ikea UKRetailers Central Co-op and Ikea UK have been shortlisted for the Best benefits to support work-life balance award at the Employee Benefits Awards 2024.

The award was introduced for 2023, then known as Best benefits to support work-life balance and hybrid working. It recognises strategies that offer greater flexibility to help support employees manage their lives outside work, as well as their own wellbeing and wider workplace experience.

Last year, GI Group won the accolade. It was praised due to its flexible start and finish times, reduced working hours and work-from-anywhere policy, which allows employees to tag working time onto annual leave while on holiday.

A GI Group spokesperson said: “We surveyed our employees to find out what the fundamental things are that made our culture, so it’s based around who we are, what our value proposition is, and what we want to give back to our employees. It’s really about putting our employees the forefront, thinking about what they need and how we get the best out of people by giving them this.”

The full category shortlist is:

  • Central Co-op
  • Cooper Parry
  • EMIS
  • Ikea UK
  • Larking Gowen
  • PepsiCo UK
  • Talon

The Employee Benefits Awards, which is now in its 22nd year, will be held on Friday 14 June at the Honourable Artillery Company, London. It celebrates HR, reward and benefits professionals and teams displaying excellence through their reward and benefits strategies.

The daytime event is set to include a drinks reception, three-course meal, entertainment and the chance to network with industry professionals. Meanwhile, the after-party will include live music, dodgems, a carousel and a big wheel in the venue’s private grounds.

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