KPMG San Diego Recognized For Exemplary Workplace Practices Receives prestigious Alfred P. Sloan Award for Excellence in Workplace Effectiveness and Flexibility

SAN DIEGO, Sept. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The San Diego office of KPMG LLP, the audit, tax and advisory firm, has been honored with the 2012 Alfred P. Sloan Award for Excellence in Workplace Effectiveness and Flexibility for its use of flexibility as an effective workplace strategy to increase business and employee success.

This prestigious award, part of the national When Work Works project administered by the Families and Work Institute and the Society for Human Resource Management, recognizes employers of all sizes and types in San Diego and across the country.

"Earning the Sloan Award for the San Diego office for the first time validates that our employees recognize and appreciate KPMG's commitment to being an employer of choice," said KPMG Managing Partner Dave Down.  "KPMG is a leader in workplace flexibility and we're gratified to receive the Sloan Award in recognition of our efforts.  We believe workplace flexibility is good for business and good for our employees."

For example, KPMG permits its employees to make alternative work arrangements such as a compressed work week or flexible workday schedules.  Also, KPMG's sabbatical program is well utilized and provides extended leaves to accommodate personal time while still allowing for advancement opportunities.

Workplace flexibility has been demonstrated to help businesses remain competitive while also benefiting employees.

"Our research consistently finds that employees in effective and flexible workplaces have greater engagement on the job and greater desire to stay with their organization. In addition, they report lower stress levels and better overall health," said Ellen Galinsky, president of Families and Work Institute.

The Sloan Awards are unique for their rigorous, two-step selection process, which involves an evaluation of employers' flexibility programs and practices, and a confidential employee survey. All applicants are measured against national norms from the National Study of Employers.

"As a recipient of the 2012 Sloan Award, KPMG San Diego ranks in the top 20 percent of employers nationally in terms of its programs, policies and culture for creating an effective and flexible workplace," Galinsky said. "In addition, what makes this honor so special is that their employees have corroborated this, affirming that it is indeed an effective and flexible workplace."

When Work Works is a national project to educate the business community on the value of workplace flexibility by sharing research and promising practices, and conducting the annual Sloan Awards. It is an ongoing initiative of the Families and Work Institute and the Society for Human Resource Management.

For more information about the When Work Works project and the Alfred P. Sloan Awards for Excellence in Workplace Effectiveness and Flexibility, visit www.whenworkworks.org.

About KPMG LLP
KPMG LLP, the audit, tax and advisory firm (www.kpmg.com/us), is the U.S. member firm of KPMG International Cooperative ("KPMG International.") KPMG International's member firms have 145,000 people, including more than 8,000 partners, in 152 countries.

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
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Contacts: Mike Alva, KPMG LLP
415-963-5426
malva@kpmg.com

Kelly Sakai
Families and Work Institute
(212) 465-2044 x211
ksakai@familiesandwork.org

SOURCE KPMG LLP



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