If your IT department has a positive working environment, employs continuous professional development and offers a good work-life balance, then you have much to gain from entering Computer Weekly's Best Places to Work in IT awards.
Now in their fourth year, the awards recognise and reward the UK's best employers of IT professionals and are part of Computer Weekly's commitment to promoting best professional practice within IT departments.
Simply entering the awards brings benefits. The straightforward entry process will help you take stock of your approach to building a balanced, effective work environment. Most companies employ one or two original ideas here.
There are also broader benefits in taking part. Previous finalists report that the awards have raised the IT department's profile internally and externally, boosted staff motivation and retention, and helped attract and recruit talented people.
"The accolade has been a great boost to the department's morale," said Marc Jacot, head of information services at Britannia Building Society, overall winner of last year's awards.
"It is an honour to promote the line 'Best Place to Work in IT' in our communications, and recruitment has become a whole lot easier."
You can enter the Best Places to Work in IT awards by filling in a simple online form. The deadline for entries is 3 November 2006.
This was first published in October 2006