Want to Be Known as a Family-Friendly Employer?

Apply for the Award for Workplace Effectiveness and Flexibility


Eve Tahmincioglu
Families and Work Institute

NEW YORK — Phased retirement, job sharing, alternative workweeks, burnout tracking.

These are just a few of the innovative programs offered by a host of employers who won Families and Work Institute and the Society for Human Resource Management’s Award for Workplace Effectiveness and Flexibility last year.

If you think you’re a family-friendly employer, there’s still time to apply for the 2014 award. And even if you think you have room for improvement, when it comes to effective and flexible work programs, go through the application process anyway! It provides free feedback on how to improve.

Organizations that have created sustainable workplaces—sustaining productivity among employees in their work and personal lives—realize it’s a win-win for employers and employees.

You can apply for the 2014 awards here. The application process closes on Friday, April 11.

Our award (also known as the Alfred P. Sloan Award for Excellence in Workplace Effectiveness and Flexibility, named for the original funder of the award) is one of the most comprehensive and credible workplace distinctions in the country, garnering media attention and positioning our winners as winning employers for employees locally and nationwide.

Here’s a list of reasons why you should apply:

  • Receive opportunities to be featured in major and local news media and/or invited to speak at special events as an employer of choice.
  • Get a personalized assessment of your workplace practices and employee feedback compared with national data.
  • Find out what your employees really think about the culture of your organization.
  • Gain a competitive edge in your local market for top talent.
  • Your company will be known as a WINNER! Also, you will be recognized at a When Work Works Community Partner’s event where you will receive a physical award.

Want to know how you stack up now? Here’s a link to a list of our 2013 winners in your town.

The Awards for Workplace Effectiveness and Flexibility are part of When Work Works, a research-based initiative which highlights how effective and flexible workplaces can yield positive business results and help employees succeed at work and at home. When Work Works is a joint partnership between Families and Work Institute (FWI) and The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

About Families and Work Institute
The Families and Work Institute (FWI) 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 https://www.familiesandwork.org, like us on www.Facebook.com/FWI 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 http://www.shrm.org and follow them on Twitter @SHRMPress.


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