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Workplace Flexibility
 

   8/7/2013
 

The survey data has been analyzed and the numbers have been crunched, which means … drum roll, please… SHRM and the Families and Work Institute (FWI) can reveal the nearly 300 employers who have won the prestigious 2013 Sloan Award for Excellence in Workplace Effectiveness and Flexibility!

These organizations are model employers that have created effective workplaces that support employees’ need for flexibility, while achieving extraordinary business results. Click HERE to view a complete list of winners.

The Sloan Awards are part of When Work Works, a nationwide initiative to bring research on workplace effectiveness and flexibility into community and business practice. SHRM and FWI’s network of community partners across the country, including many SHRM State Councils and Chapters, help educate, promote, and celebrate effective workplace flexibility strategies.

The award selection process is rigorous, involving an evaluation of employers’ programs and practices, and a confidential employee survey. Winning organizations rank in the top 20% of employers nationally in terms of its programs, policies and culture for creating an effective and flexible workplace. What makes this honor so special is that employees have corroborated this, affirming that winning organizations are indeed an effective and flexible workplace.

A Look at the 2013 Sloan Award Winners

The 297 award-winning employers are a diverse group, representing employers of different sizes and industries. Employers range in size from as few as 10 employees to as many as 240,000 employees, and they are found in more than 250 communities nationwide. Some of the award winning practices include telecommuting, access to unlimited time off, wellness programs, phased retirement, and allowing employees to control their hours.

For example, leaders at Pure Visibility, an internet marketing company in Ann Arbor, Mich., have developed a unique time off program that is offered on a "use as you need" basis. Employees don't need to accrue vacation time or sick time. As long as employees’ work is done or covered, and they have approval from their manager, they can take off as much time as they need. Employees are also able to work flexible hours during the week. In addition, employees can take time during the day for things like personal appointments. While having unlimited PTO is a great recruiting tool, it's been a great retention tool as well. Employees are happy and productive!

At Southern California Gas Company, leadership offers flexible work options to attract and retain employees. The company’s flexibility program, called the SmartWork initiative, allows for flexible work hours, telecommuting, location flexibility and extended leave options. This flexibility is achieved through company intranet and hotel cubes called "touch downs” – SharePoint sites to work virtually as a team, conference calling, telepresence meeting rooms and in-house instant messenger service. Employees also receive EAP services, corporate discounts to local gyms, on-site yoga and walking classes, healthy diet options in the cafeteria, company-sponsored walks and sports leagues and various optional workshops on health topics each month.

To share the innovations from these top employers and the latest workflex trends, SHRM and FWI will host the 2013 Workflex Conference Oct. 29-30 in San Francisco. Visit the conference webpage for more information and to register today!

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