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

DURHAM, N.C., Sept. 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- McKinney 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.

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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 North Carolina and across the country.

"This makes four Alfred P. Sloan Awards for an agency that uses flexibility as an effective workplace strategy to increase business and employee success," said a proud Lea Daughtridge Wharton, director of Talent Management at McKinney. "We are thrilled to be honored once again and are committed to keeping McKinney a place where our employees feel they can have a great quality of life and do the best work of their careers." 

Workplace flexibility — such as flextime, part-time work and compressed workweeks — 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, McKinney ranks in the top 20% 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 by 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 McKinney
McKinney was recently named the most effective independent advertising agency in the world by Effie Worldwide and Warc. Over the past year, McKinney has won 44 major industry awards, including five Effies, a Cannes Cyber Lion, six One Show Pencils, seven IAB MIXX Awards, a Webby and best-in-show website at the OMMA Awards. Founded in 1969, Durham, NC-based McKinney is recognized for having one of the most innovative business models in the industry, focused on big ideas brought to life in powerful conversations between people and brands. McKinney has also been recognized as one of the best U.S. agencies, one of the Best Places to Work in Marketing & Media by Advertising Age, and one of a handful of agencies setting the standard for creativity by One Magazine. The agency's clients include Nationwide Insurance, Nationwide Financial, Travelocity, CenturyLink, Sherwin-Williams, Mizuno USA, Gold's Gym, Meijer, Ruby Tuesday, Big Boss Brewing and Urban Ministries of Durham.

McKinney is part of Cheil Worldwide, one of the world's leading marketing communications networks with 51 offices in 28 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 and follow us on Twitter @FWINews and @SHRMPress.

Media Contacts:
Janet Northen
McKinney
(919) 313-4062
janet.northen@mckinney.com

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

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