2017 When Work Works Awards Recognize Workplaces with Innovative, Effective Practices

Winners include 100-percent-virtual companies and worksites with holistic and family-first visions for work

May 18, 2017
ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) today announced the winners of the 2017 When Work Works Award. The winners provide insight into the practices of effective workplaces and emerging trends.

Among the almost 300 award winners are 100-percent-virtual workplaces, worksites that have holistic and family-first approaches to work, employers that trust employees to manage when and how they do their work, organizations with top leaders who set positive examples, and supervisors that support job success.


The prestigious When Work Works Award — part of the SHRM’s When Work Works project — recognizes employers at worksites that are excelling at offering a variety of top-rated employee initiatives such as work-life fit policies, flexible scheduling and transition to parenthood programs.

The award goes beyond work-life programs and includes initiatives that address additional evidence-based aspects of effective workplaces: autonomy; supervisor support for job success; co-worker support for job success; satisfaction with earnings, benefits and opportunities to advance; opportunities for learning; and a culture of trust, respect and belonging.

The 298 winning worksites represent all sizes of organizations in 44 states and the District of Columbia. The winners will be recognized at community events in the coming months.

“Business leaders continue to seek ways to create effective work environments that are conducive to increased productivity, innovation, creativity and engagement. The 2017 winners give strong evidence that effective and flexible workplaces are key to successful business strategies,” said Ellen Galinsky, president of the Families and Work Institute, the originator of the award, and senior research advisor at SHRM. 

The award is earned after a rigorous assessment that emphasizes the real-life experiences of employees and incorporates national benchmarks of employer practices from the National Study of Employers and the National Study of the Changing Workforce. Two-thirds of an organization’s winning score is based on a survey of its employees.

The top 15 winning worksites are:

  • Rose City Mortgage, Portland, Ore. 
  • NPC Research, Portland
  • BDO USA, LLP, Tampa, Fla.
  • iHire, LLC, Frederick, Md.
  • Onsite Innovations, Mount Laurel, N.J.
  • BDO USA, LLP, Raleigh, N.C.
  • The Climate Trust, Portland
  • hrQ Inc., Denver
  • Ryan, LLC, Sacramento, Calif.
  • BDO USA, LLP, Orlando, Fla.
  • Mahoney, Ulbrich, Christiansen & Russ, P.A., St. Paul, Minn.
  • American College of Healthcare Sciences, Portland
  • Cross, Gunter, Witherspoon & Galchus, P.C., Little Rock, Ark.
  • EvoText, Inc., Burlington, Mass.
  • Isthmus Engineering, Inc., St. Paul
“These winners are changing the norms of work and the workplace by restructuring how, when and where work gets done in ways that work for employees while also achieving and improving organizational success,” said Cassidy Solis, senior advisor for workplace flexibility at SHRM.

To learn more about the awards, visit an interactive map that lists winning organizations by state and a list of winners by name.

Additional information about the When Work Works Award and the When Work Works initiative also is online.

Media: For more information or to schedule an interview, contact Kate Kennedy at 703-535-6260 and Kate.Kennedy@shrm.org or Vanessa Hill at 703-535-6072 and Vanessa.Hill@shrm.org.

About When Work Works
When Work Works is a national initiative led by 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 www.whenworkworks.org and follow us on Twitter @WhenWorkWorks.

About the Society for Human Resource Management
The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the world’s largest HR professional society, representing 285,000 members in more than 165 countries. For nearly seven decades, the Society has been the leading provider of resources serving the needs of HR professionals and advancing the 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 us at shrm.org and follow us on Twitter and Instagram @SHRMPress.

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