Top 25 Employers for Effective Work


Smart employers aren’t sitting back and letting burnout, work-life conflict, the skills gap or a host of other workplace challenges impact their bottom lines.

The Families and Work Institute (FWI) and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) announced the winners of the 2014 When Work Works Award, honoring employers who have created effective workplaces based on six components: autonomy; work-life fit; supervisor support for work success; satisfaction with earnings, benefits and opportunities for advancement; opportunities for learning; and a culture of trust.

The top 25 winners are setting the standard when it comes to making work work for employees and employers, offering everything from compressed workweeks to pop-up employee-recognition “shout outs” and monitoring burnout, explains Ellen Galinsky, president of Families and Work Institute.

The When Work Works Award (formerly known as the Alfred P. Sloan Award for Excellence in Workplace Effectiveness and Flexibility) is unique for its rigorous, two-step selection process, which involves an evaluation of employers’ flexibility programs and practices, and a confidential employee survey on the key ingredients of an effective and flexible workplace. And the Award looks at work practices and how they’re being utilized, reviewing individual worksites as opposed to company-wide policies. All applicants are measured against national norms from the 2014 National Study of Employers.

A total of 284 workplaces won the Award. The 25 top employers, including a total of 28 worksites, are:


1.   Point B Inc., Phoenix, AZ
2.   Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education, Phoenix, AZ
3.   Rose City Mortgage, Portland, OR
4.   Springfield Nephrology Associates Inc., Springfield, MO
5.   5AM Solutions, Rockville, MD
6.   Architecture Technology Corp., Minneapolis, MN
7.   Ultimate Staffing Services, Portland, OR
8.   Mantyla McReynolds LLC, Salt Lake City, UT
9.   Noble-Davis Consulting, Inc., Solon, OH
10.  CWS Inc., Rochester, MN
11.  Southeast Service Cooperative, Rochester, MN
12.  GiftCard Partners Inc., Wellesley, MA
13.  BDO USA, LLP, Raleigh, NC
14.  iHire LLC, Angola, IN
15.  Humanix, Spokane Valley, WA
16.  KPMG LLP, Boise, ID
17.  Oregon Humanities, Portland, OR
18.  Mahoney Ulbrich Christiansen & Russ P.A., Saint Paul, MN
19.  iHire LLC, Frederick, MD
20.  Planetary Science Institute, Tuscon, AZ
21.  Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Winona, Winona, MN
22.  Cross, Gunter, Witherspoon & Glachus, P.C., Little Rock, AR
23.  KPMG, LLP, Cleveland, OH
24.  KPMG, LLP, Cincinnati, OH
25.  TopDown Consulting Inc., San Francisco, CA
26.  Cardinal of Minnesota Ltd., Rochester, MN
27.  Snohomish County Human Resources Department, Everett, WA
28.  RSG, Chicago, IL

The top employers have implemented an array of innovative programs and policies, beyond just telecommuting, to help employees and organizations thrive, including:

• compressed workweeks
• monitoring and managing burnout
• employee control over schedules
• cross training
• job sharing
• managers as coaches
• perpetual employee recognition
• financial support for tuition and training
• phased retirement
• paid time off (PTO) for volunteering

For a list of winners, check out this interactive map, which includes winning organizations by state.


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