Employers Making Work Work for Employees

Award for Effective and Flexible Workplaces Announced

Eve Tahmincioglu
Families and Work Institute

NEW YORK, Aug. 5, 2013 — Some employers just give lip service to being the best place to work for employees; and others are actually opting to cut back on flexible programs for their workforces.

But there are employers out there doing everything they can to create effective and flexible workplaces for their employees, and in the process have seeing happier workers and more productivity.

The Families and Work Institute (FWI) and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) today announced the best employers in the country when it comes to work-life well being, and their offerings include everything from traditional workflex options such as telecommuting, to more innovative approaches such as compressed workweeks, employee control over hours, and unlimited time off.

It’s about creating sustainable workplaces where work and life can exist in harmony, promoting well-being for an employer’s bottom line and for employees.

Approximately 300 employers from across the country received the annual workplace excellence award — also known as the Alfred P. Sloan Awards for Excellence in Workplace Effectiveness and Flexibility after the initial funder of the initiative — this year. They are put through a rigorous process, including a comprehensive assessment of whether they maintain an effective and flexible workplace.

“There is so much talk about the problems in the economy today but much less talk about bold new solutions. In the eight years that we have been conducting these awards, I have been deeply impressed with the truly innovative solutions these winners have created. They go far beyond having happy and productive employees,” said Ellen Galinsky, president of Families and Work Institute.

“The employers who win this award,” she continued, “are the best and most innovative in the nation, and they’re reaping the benefits in the success of their companies as they compete in a 24/7 global marketplace.”

Lisa Horn, co-leader of SHRM’s Workplace Flexibility Initiative, added, “These employers are creating workplace cultures that foster the development of effective and flexible workplaces for their employees. In the process, they are experiencing positive business results and seeing more productive and happier employees.”

To be named a Sloan award winner, employers complete a rigorous process that includes a survey of employees and a comprehensive assessment of whether the employer maintains an effective and flexible workplace.

What we found was no matter the size of the employer, innovative and generous work policies were a mainstay among the honorees.

For example, Noble-Davis Consulting in Cleveland with less than 20 employees allows its workforce to set their own schedules, and new phone system allows the firm’s receptionist to work remotely. And Delta Airlines with nearly 75,000 employees provides 12 weeks partially paid paternity leave, and they allow employees to volunteer while they’re on the clock.

The Sloan awards are part of the When Work Works program, a research-based initiative to highlight how effective and flexible workplaces can yield positive business results and help employees succeed at work and at home. When Work Works (www.WhenWorkWorks.org) is a joint partnership between FWI and SHRM.

The winners will be featured in the 2014 Guide to Bold New Ideas for Making Work Work published by FWI and SHRM. They will be honored in their cities or regions during ceremonies hosted by When Work Works community partners.

View the full list of winners.

To share the innovations from these top employers and the latest workflex trends, FWI and SHRM will host the Workflex Conference Oct. 29 and 30 in San Francisco. Visit the conference webpage for more information. The conference is open to media coverage. For press credentials, contact SHRM Media Relations at 703-535-6260.

Media: For more information, contact Eve Tahmincioglu of FWI at 302-521-1215 and eve@familiesandwork.org or Kate Kennedy of SHRM at 703-535-6260 and kate.kennedy@shrm.org.

About the Families and Work Institute
Families and Work Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization that studies the changing workforce, family and community. As a preeminent think tank, FWI is known for being ahead of the curve, identifying emerging issues, and then conducting rigorous research that often challenges common wisdom and provides insight and knowledge. As an action tank, FWI conducts numerous studies that put its research into action and then evaluates the results. Its purpose is to create research to live by. For more information, visit www.familiesandwork.org, like us on Facebook.com/FWINews and follow us on Twitter @FWINews.

About the Society for Human Resource Management
The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the world’s largest association devoted to human resource management. Representing more than 260,000 members in more than 140 countries, the Society serves the needs of HR professionals and advances the interests of the HR profession. Founded in 1948, SHRM has more than 575 affiliated chapters within the United States and subsidiary offices in China, India and the United Arab Emirates. Visit SHRM Online at www.shrm.org and follow us on Twitter @SHRMPress.

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