Employee Benefits Awards 2013: Best work-life balance strategy

Winner: The Random House Group – Our House

This award recognises the steps taken by employers to help employees achieve a strong work-life balance, whether they are working parents, carers or employees who want to balance their work and personal lives better.

The Random House Group takes a proactive approach to encouraging all its workforce to obtain a good work-life balance. Its strategy, which is promoted and led from the top down, has had some impressive results, including a rise in the number of new mothers returning to work after maternity leave and a significant increase in the number of employees who feel able to obtain a good work-life balance.

The organisation’s innovative initiatives include baby packs and summer working hours for 87% of its workforce.


The judges said: “Random House knew its workforce, knew the challenges they had and what it implemented was bang on. It had a clear strategy and good objectives.”

The winner said: “We have a 70% female population and had unique challenges around our returners after maternity leave. That has been the main driver of our strategy.” Neil Morrison, HR director, The Random House Group


Runner up:

Roche UK (entered by Mercer Marsh Benefits)


This category is sponsored by Bright Horizons Family Solutions.


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