Employers Honored for Excellence in Workplace Effectiveness

Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce honored 20 companies at the 2012 Celebration of Sloan Awards for Excellence in Workplace Effectiveness and Flexibility

Aug 07, 2012, 15:30 ET from Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce

CHICAGO, Aug. 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Judy Hsu, co-anchor of ABC7 Chicago News This Morning, presented awards today to the Chicagoland winners and finalists of the 2012 Alfred P. Sloan Awards for Excellence in Workplace Effectiveness and Flexibility for their exemplary workplace practices.

The 23 worksites of 20 companies were identified through a rigorous selection process, which involved an evaluation of employers' flexibility programs and practices and a confidential employee survey at worksite locations. Flexibility includes such practices as compressed workweeks, alternate work schedules, telecommuting and part-time and job share opportunities. The survey also looked at transportation opportunities like rideshare and shuttles to take the stress out of getting to and from work along with quality of life benefits for healthcare, childcare and eldercare.

Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce is the official host of the 2012 awards in metropolitan Chicago. The Sloan Awards has been an annual project of the Chamber's Workplace Well-Being Committee chaired by Chamber Board Director Dr. Paul Handel, Health Care Services Corporation. Award winning companies recognize the work-life benefits of flexibility for the health of employees and for productivity of the company.

Over 140 guests began the celebration with visits to 12 resource exhibits of behavioral health and employee assistance services. Judy Hsu was an appropriate emcee as she is a role model for balancing family and career. She understands that flexibility has helped employees to be able to be better parents, which is a special interest of hers.

The awards presentation was followed by remarks from Dan Conti, Senior Vice President Human Resources & Employee Assistance Programs & Work-Life at JPMorgan Chase. He brought together the subtle connections between workplace effectiveness, flexibility and work-life and employee assistance programs. He emphasized that in today's work both the company and the employee have responsibility in scheduling adequate periods of work and then recovery just like the athletes do.

The Chicagoland recipients of the 2012 Alfred P. Sloan Awards are:
BDO USA, LLP National Office
BDO USA, LLP Chicago Office
Bryan Cave LLP
Deloitte – Chicago
Ernst & Young – Chicago
Frost, Ruttenberg & Rothblatt, P.C.
Hyatt Regency Chicago
Laughlin Constable
NCH Marketing Services - A Valassis Company
Perspectives, LTD
Ryan LLC
Ryan LLC - Chicago
Sikich LLP - Naperville
Sikich LLP - Chicago
Takeda -- Chicago
The Novo Group
True Partners Consulting - Chicago
Turner Construction Company - Chicago
U.S. Navy Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes
Wellbuilt Equipment Inc.

Award winners will be featured in the next edition of the Guide to Bold New Ideas for Making Work Work. Information about innovative workplace practices also will be showcased at the Workflex Conference, "Re-Imagining the Workplace," taking place Oct. 23-24, 2012, at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile, and other business education programming by Families and Work Institute (FWI) and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). FWI and SHRM lead When Work Works, a national project to educate the business community on the value of workplace effectiveness and flexibility.

About The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce - Founded in 1904, the Chamber is a private, non-profit business assistance and economic development organization. It is one of the largest Chambers in the nation spanning across the six-county Northeastern Illinois region (Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry, & Will) as well as parts of Northwest Indiana, and Southeast Wisconsin. Its mission is to make Chicagoland the most business-friendly region in America and to enhance our members' success through aggressive advocacy, member benefits, services, and actionable information.

About When Work Works
When Work Works is a national initiative, led by the partnership of Families and Work Institute 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 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 www.whenworkworks.org and follow us on Twitter @FWINews and @SHRMPress.

Media Contacts:
Peggy Luce
Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce
(312) 494-6745

SOURCE Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce