The time has come to bridge the gap and jump start a very deliberate transfer of knowledge between academia and private industry
(PRWEB) August 8, 2007
Unique advances in workplace flexibility in both the private sector and academia need to be exchanged to reduce duplication of efforts and achieve faster progress. To facilitate this conversation, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has approved a $45,000 officer grant for a working retreat being dubbed the "Cross-Sector Flexibility Retreat." This one-and-a-half-day retreat will gather work-life thought leaders from across the country to focus on workplace flexibility across two sectors: institutions of higher education and private industry. The retreat will stimulate breakthrough thinking that will lead to deeper penetration of successful workplace flexibility practices, especially as it relates to the needs of older workers in both sectors.
Alliance for Work-Life Progress and WorldatWork will be organizing the invitation-only event, scheduled to take place September 16-18, 2007 in Park City, Utah. The primary outcome of the retreat will be a "Flexibility Compendium" to be published by WorldatWork Press in early 2008.
"The time has come to bridge the gap and jump start a very deliberate transfer of knowledge between academia and private industry," said Kathie Lingle, director of AWLP. "We are extremely grateful to the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation for their generous support allowing work-life thought leaders to gather and compile all our knowledge into one compendium for the benefit of all stakeholders."
About Alliance for Work-Life Progress
Alliance for Work-Life Progress (http://www.awlp.org) is dedicated to advancing work-life effectiveness as a strategy for better integration of work, family and community. AWLP, an entity of WorldatWork, serves as a national center of work-life expertise that defines and recognizes innovation and best practices, facilitates dialogue within the diverse work-life community and promotes work-life thought leadership.
The Total Rewards Association
WorldatWork (http://www.worldatwork.org) is an international association of human resource professionals and business leaders focused on attracting, motivating and retaining employees. Founded in 1955, WorldatWork provides practitioners with knowledge leadership to effectively design and implement strategies and practices in total rewards - compensation, benefits, work-life, performance and recognition, development and career opportunities. WorldatWork supports its 30,000 members and customers in 75 countries with thought leadership, education, publications, research and certification.
About the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation makes grants in science, technology and the quality of American life. Through its Workplace, Work Force and Working Families program, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation plays a vital role in developing work-family scholarship and supporting effective workplaces that meet the needs of working parents and older workers.
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