Obamas Recognize FWI’s Effective Workplace Winner

One of the winners of Families and Work Institute’s and SHRM’s Effective and Flexible Workplace Awards sat with the First Lady at the State of the Union this week.

The White House reached out to Families and Work Institute looking to highlight an employer who provided a winning workplace for employees, and we shared the name of several organizations.

Peter Mouskondis, President and CEO of Nicholas & Company, Inc. in Utah, was ultimately chosen.

The White House released a statement prior to the State of the Union, including this overview of Nicholas and company, saying, “Nicholas & Company is known for its culture of mutual respect and care among and for its employees, emphasizing work-life balance and benefits, including maternity, paternity, and bereavement leave, among others.”

“The atmosphere that Peter and the leaders at Nicholas & Company have developed,” the statement continues, “is paying off – the workforce is more productive and the company is expanding. Peter says ‘Our success at Nicholas & Company is directly related to our family-friendly approach and the work of my grandmother, mother, and wife in making work-life balance an essential part of our culture.’ Nicholas & Company has been honored with many awards under Peter’s leadership including: the Sloan Award for Excellence in Workplace Effectiveness and Flexibility, 2013.”

Local media picked up on the story, and here’s an excerpt from a piece from KUTV

Peter and Nicole Mouskondis, president and senior vice president of Nicholas and Company, Inc., never expected the invitation from the White House last weekend.

“Late Saturday night, the owners of the company, Peter and Nicole, received a call from the White House saying, ‘We’d love for you to come sit with the First Lady at the State of the Union Address,'” said George Adondakis, executive vice president of legal and human services for Nicholas and Company. “And since that time, they’ve been vetted by the White House, and they’ve been interviewed by the White House, and I guess they cleared the screening process. And there they are.”

“Originally, we thought, because the president is big on health care reform, it was that we’re very innovative when it comes to wellness programs and our health care programs,” Adondakis said. “But, when I read what they had written on the White House website, it seems that it’s even broader than that. It’s the culture of our company, that we’re a family-owned company, in third generation, been in business for 75 years, and we think think it’s that we treat our team members and customers so well.”

In fact, a White House statement commended the company for “its culture of mutual respect and care among and for its employees, emphasizing work-life balance and benefits, including maternity, paternity, and bereavement leave.”

If your organization is focused on providing an effective and flexible workplace, we urge you to apply for our award here. And even if you don’t think you’re doing all you can to make work work better, applying for the award is a great idea because every employer who signs up will get a free benchmarking report to see how they stock up to other employers.

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