Workplace Flexibility Awards Open To Applicants Across The Country

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The When Work Works Initiative Introduces At-Large Category and Adds New Community Partners and Three Statewide Initiatives for 2009 Sloan Awards

In today's difficult economy, an increasing number of organizations are embracing workplace flexibility as a business strategy that allows them to contain labor and operational costs at the same time as they keep employees engaged and remain nimble. The Alfred P. Sloan Awards for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility recognize organizations that are striving to find new ways to make work work in today's changing economy. Now in its fifth year, the prestigious awards program is expanding its application base to organizations nation-wide for the first time in 2009. With the introduction of an "at-large" category, any organization in the U.S. with ten or more employees can apply for the award before the April 6, 2009 deadline. The on-line application is quick and very easy to complete and is available at

Until now, the Awards were administered through community partnerships located in 30 communities and three states. "There was such strong interest from employers across the country in applying," said Ellen Galinsky, president of the Families and Work Institute, "that we created an at-large application. Employers told us that the awards provided very tangible benefits, including a free benchmarking report where they can compare what they do with a nationally representative sample of employers, all other applicants, and all other winners."

The Sloan Awards are worksite-based, so organizations with more than one location may apply for just one or for several worksite locations. In addition to the benchmarking report, any organization that wins the award will receive media attention and be included in the Guide to Bold New Ideas for Making Work Work that is widely disseminated.

"The When Work Works project was developed in response to decades of research revealing, simply put, that work was not 'working' for many businesses and employees as well as it could be," said Lois Backon, Vice-President of Families and Work Institute and co-director of the national When Work Works initiative. "In a time of economic volatility, with increasingly complicated jobs and an aging workforce, the importance of the Sloan Awards is greater than ever as a tool to create workplace flexibility that can benefit employers and employees alike."

Sponsored by Families and Work Institute, the Institute for a Competitive Workforce, an affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and the Twiga Foundation, the Sloan Awards are an essential component of When Work Works, a national project on workplace effectiveness and flexibility founded in 2003.

In 2008, there were 259 Sloan Award winners and 60 honorable mentions. For a complete listing of the 2008 winners or to apply for the 2009 award, please visit

When Work Works is a nationwide initiative to bring research on workplace effectiveness and flexibility into community and business practice. It is a project of Families and Work Institute sponsored by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation in partnership with Institute for a Competitive Workforce, an affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and the Twiga Foundation.

Families and Work Institute (FWI) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization that studies the changing workforce and workplace, the changing family and the changing 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, provides insight and knowledge, and motivates action. Since the Institute was founded in 1989, its work has focused in three major areas: the workforce/workplace, youth and early childhood. For more information, visit Families and Work Institute.

The Institute for a Competitive Workforce (ICW) is a 501(c)3 affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and is working to ensure that businesses have access--today and tomorrow--to an educated and skilled workforce. ICW's primary responsibilities for the When Work Works project are to provide support to the communities and connect local initiatives to national Chamber efforts. For more information, visit

The Twiga Foundation is dedicated to inspiring, promoting and maintaining a family consciousness at home, in the workplace and in the community. Twiga's primary responsibilities for the When Work Works project are to provide support to the communities,.acting as a liaison to key stakeholders in the When Work Works communities to build a broad local leadership constituency for creating better workplaces that meet the needs of employees, employers and communities. For more information, visit


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