Top 10 Employers You May Not Know, But Should

‘When Work Works’ Awards from FWI and SHRM honor innovative and effective workplaces

Aug 27, 2014

NEW YORK — Smart employers aren’t sitting back and letting burnout, work/life conflict, the skills gap or other workplace challenges impact their bottom lines.

The Families and Work Institute (FWI) and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) announced on Wednesday the winners of the 2014 When Work Works Awards, 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 10 winners are not necessarily household names, but they’re 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,” said Ellen Galinsky, FWI’s president. “They are setting an example for employers both nationally and internationally.”

“These award-winning employers have embraced workplace flexibility as a business strategy, which, in turn, has helped them reduce turnover and improve employee engagement,” added Lisa Horn, director of SHRM’s Workplace Flexibility Initiative. “These employers provide a roadmap for others interested in helping their businesses compete and their employees navigate work/life needs.”

The When Work Works awards (formerly known as the Alfred P. Sloan Awards for Excellence in Workplace Effectiveness and Flexibility) are unique for their 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 U.S. workplaces won the award. The 10 top worksites were:

  1. Point B Inc., Phoenix (Consulting);
  2. Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education, Phoenix (Educational Services);
  3. Rose City Mortgage, Portland, Ore. (Finance);
  4. Springfield Nephrology Associates Inc., Springfield, Mo. (Health Care, Social Assistance);
  5. 5AM Solutions, Rockville, Md. (Service-Professional, Scientific, Technical);
  6. Architecture Technology Corporation, Minneapolis (Service-Professional, Scientific, Technical);
  7. Ultimate Staffing Services, Portland, Ore. (Business Support Services);
  8. Mantyla McReynolds LLC, Salt Lake City (Finance);
  9. Noble-Davis Consulting Inc., Solon, Ohio (Business Support Services);
  10. CWS Inc., Rochester, Minn. (Service-Professional, Scientific, Technical)

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 to prevent burnout,
  • job sharing,
  • using managers as coaches,
  • perpetual employee recognition,
  • financial support for tuition and training,
  • phased retirement,
  • paid time off for volunteering.

This interactive map includes all winning organizations by state:

Media: For more information about the winners, the When Work Works awards or the When Work Works project, contact Eve Tahmincioglu at 212-465-1842 or, or Kate Kennedy at 703-535-6260 or

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 businesses 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 annual When Work Works Award, which recognizes exemplary employers for creating effective workplaces to increase business and employee success. Visit and follow us on Twitter @WhenWorkWorks @FWINews and @SHRMPress, and join the workflex conversation on

About Families and Work Institute
Families and Work Institute is a nonprofit center dedicated to providing research for living in today’s changing workplace, changing family and changing community. Since the Institute was founded in 1989, our work has tackled issues in three major areas: the workforce/workplace, youth and early childhood. Families and Work Institute’s research takes on emerging issues before they crest and includes some of the most comprehensive research on the U.S. workforce available. The Institute’s work has helped change the language of debates to move the discussion forward toward more effective, and data-driven solutions, and to result in action. For more information, visit, like us on and follow us on Twitter @FWINews.

About the Society for Human Resource Management
Founded in 1948, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the world’s largest HR membership organization devoted to human resource management. Representing more than 275,000 members in over 160 countries, the Society is the leading provider of resources to serve the needs of HR professionals and advance the professional practice of human resource management. SHRM has more than 575 affiliated chapters within the United States and subsidiary offices in China, India and United Arab Emirates. Visit SHRM Online at and follow us on Twitter @SHRMPress.


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