CalSHRM Named Community Partner for National Workplace ‘When Work Works’ Program

May 1, 2013
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SACRAMENTO, Calif., May 1, 2013 — The California State Council of the Society for Human Resource Management (CalSHRM) has been named a Community Partner in the When Work Works program, a national project to educate the business community about the value of workplace effectiveness and flexibility.

The announcement was made by the Families and Work Institute (FWI) and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), which oversee the When Work Works program.

CalSHRM joins a group of 31 community partners in cities and states across the country. In its role, CalSHRM will engage community leaders in workplace flexibility efforts and educate employers about workplace flexibility programs and policies.

Practices such as telecommuting, flextime, part-time work, job sharing, transition to retirement, and compressed schedules help employees meet their work and life responsibilities and help employers respond to the competitive global marketplace. Flexible workplace strategies boost productivity, increase employee morale, lower turnover and absenteeism, and lower overhead costs.

“Workplace flexibility practices contribute to both the business bottom line for employers and job satisfaction for employees in California,” said Deb Horne, SPHR, CalSHRM state director. “CalSHRM is pleased to be involved in this key business issue and serve as a When Work Works Community Partner.”

As a Community Partner, CalSHRM also becomes the official host of the Alfred P. Sloan Awards for Excellence in Workplace Effectiveness and Flexibility in California. The state’s recipients of the Sloan Awards will be recognized at events later this year.

“CalSHRM is ideally suited to connect the human resources and employer communities in California,” said Lisa Horn, co-leader of SHRM’s workplace flexibility partnership with FWI. “CalSHRM will educate employers about flexibility practices that positively impact the workplace and recognize organizations for their innovative and effective efforts.”

“Community partners such as CalSHRM are front and center in this initiative. They bring together community leaders — from business, education, the media, the community, and local government — who affect real change,” said Ellen Galinsky, co-founder and president of FWI.

The When Work Works program shares cutting-edge research and resources and highlights best practices through its Guide to Bold New Ideas for Making Work Work.

Among last year’s Sloan Award winners were 15 California workplaces representing 10 employers. The organizations located from Sacramento to San Diego were included among the elite employers featured in the 2013 edition of the Guide to Bold New Ideas for Making Work Work.

Media: For more information, contact Linda Magyar of CalSHRM at 916-329-4705 and linda.magyar@pillsburylaw.com or Kate Kennedy of SHRM at 703-535-6260 and kate.kennedy@shrm.org.

For more information about the When Work Works project and the Alfred P. Sloan Awards for Excellence in Workplace Effectiveness and Flexibility, contact Cassidy Neal at 703-535-6086 or cassidy.neal@shrm.org. Or visit whenworkworks.org.

About CalSHRM

The California State Council of the Society for Human Resource Management (CalSHRM) is dedicated to uniting and supporting California’s 25,000-person HR community. CalSHRM is the liaison and support organization that links all 18 of California’s local SHRM chapter leaders with SHRM's area and national organizations. CalSHRM is composed of elected officers and the presidents of California’s SHRM chapters, which range in size from 40 members to more than 5,000 and cover four geographic areas across the state. Visit http://www.calshrm.org for more information and follow us on Twitter @CalSHRM.

About When Work Works

When Work Works is a national initiative, led by the partnership of the Families and Work Institute (FWI) and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), to help organizations of all sizes and types become more successful by transforming the way they view and adopt effective and flexible workplaces. When Work Works is one of the foremost providers of resources, rigorous research and best practices on workplace effectiveness and flexibility in the nation. The initiative administers the prestigious Alfred P. Sloan Awards for Excellence in Workplace Effectiveness and Flexibility annually, which recognize exemplary employers for using flexibility as an effective workplace strategy to increase business and employee success. Visit whenworkworks.org for more information and follow us on Twitter @WhenWorkWorks.

About the 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 familiesandwork.org 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 about 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 and India. Visit SHRM Online at shrm.org and follow us on Twitter @SHRMPress.

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