KANSAS CITY, Mo., June 14, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- For the first time, Lockton Companies has been named a When Work Works Award recipient for implementing effective workplace strategies to increase business and Associate success. Lockton is the world's largest privately held, independent insurance broker.
This prominent award, given to Lockton's Kansas City operation, is part of the national When Work Works project administered by the Families and Work Institute (FWI) and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), which recognizes employers of all sizes and types across the country.
"Receiving this award is a great honor and further evidence that Lockton continues to evolve to meet the needs of our Associates and the current workplace," said Joe Agnello, President of Lockton's Kansas City operation. "We appreciate our Associates' efforts in helping to mold our culture, which has made Lockton a great place to work and do business."
Lockton offers paid volunteer hours to support Associates' philanthropic contributions to their communities, workplace flexibility, and a bolstered parental leave program with up to 12 weeks of paid leave for births and adoptions. In addition to offering social events such as "Beer Friday," Lockton is changing to meet the professional and personal needs of its Associates so they may thrive in the workplace.
The award is the result of a two-part assessment. After organizations qualify in the top 20 percent in a US-representative sample of employers, Associates then evaluate the company on six criteria of an effective workplace: opportunities for learning; a culture of trust; work/life fit; supervisor support for work success; autonomy; and satisfaction with earnings, benefits and opportunities for advancement — all factors associated with employee well-being and engagement. Lockton's high Associate scores speak greatly to what they value in a workplace and evidence Lockton is listening to its Associates.
"The 2016 When Work Works Award winners confirm that leading employers are continuing the movement toward effective workplace strategies that benefit both business and employees," said Lisa Horn, director of SHRM's workplace flexibility initiative. "These innovative strategies are what set these organizations apart, allowing them to attract and retain top talent, giving them a competitive advantage."
When Work Works is a national project that shares research results on what makes an effective and flexible workplace with the business community. Lockton is the only employer in Kansas City, Mo. to earn this distinction in 2016.
More than 6,000 professionals at Lockton provide 48,000 clients around the world with risk management, insurance, employee benefits consulting, and retirement services that improve their businesses. From its founding in 1966 in Kansas City, Missouri, Lockton has attracted entrepreneurial professionals who have driven its growth to become the largest privately held, independent insurance broker in the world and 10th largest overall. For seven consecutive years, Business Insurance magazine has recognized Lockton as a "Best Place to Work in Insurance." To see the latest insights from Lockton's experts, check Lockton Market Update.
About When Work Works
When Work Works is a national initiative, led by the partnership of the Families and Work Institute (FWI) 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 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 @FWINews and @SHRMPress, and join the workflex conversation on Facebook.com/FWINews.
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