Workplace Awards

Calling All Top Employers


Do you have an effective and flexible workplace? Want to know how your organization stacks up against competitors?

Then get in the game!

Join the hundreds of top employers across the country who have applied for the When Work Works Award – formally known as the Sloan Award – and get local and national recognition as an employer of choice.

Online employer application form will be available on August 17, 2015.

To learn more:

About the When Work Works Awards


The Awards are part of When Work Works, a research-based initiative to highlight how effective and flexible workplaces can yield positive business results and help employees succeed at work and at home. Since 2005, When Work Works has been recognizing model U.S. employers of all types and sizes for their best practices. In addition to the recognition of earning an award by Families and Work Institute (FWI) and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) in national media, When Work Works’ Community Partners recognize winners in their communities by hosting local events. All applicants receive a free benchmarking report based on their application, comparing their responses to other award winners, and nationally representative samples of employers.

Application Process and Scoring Criteria

It’s free! There is no charge to apply for the award or to receive a summary benchmarking report.

If you have multiple locations, each office is eligible to apply for this award since this is a U.S. worksite specific awards program.

Using a rigorous scoring methodology that emphasizes the real life experiences of employees and incorporates national benchmarks for employer practices, the When Work Works Awards honor organizations that are using workplace flexibility as a strategy to make work “work” better—for both the employer and the employee. The application process takes place in two rounds.

Round 1

  • Employers complete an online application about the flexibility programs and practices at their worksite (about 25 minutes to complete online plus some possible prep time.)
  • For employers with more than one location, each site can submit a separate application and is judged and awarded the Award independently. Responses provided by the employer are then measured against a nationally representative sample of employers, based on FWI’s ongoing National Study of Employers.
  • Employers that rank among the top 20% of employers in the U.S., when compared with this national data, are selected as finalists and move on to Round 2.

Round 2 

  • Employers are invited to have their employees complete a questionnaire (about 25 minutes to complete.) The survey asks about their individual use of and experiences with flexibility and other aspects of an effective workplace, the supportiveness of their workplace culture and whether they perceive any negative consequences for using flexibility at their workplace.
  • For organizations with fewer than 250 employees at the worksite, all employees (including the person submitting the application) are surveyed. For larger sites, a random sample of 250 employees is sampled using the email list provided by the employer.
  • Of those surveyed, a 40% response rate is required. The final scoring heavily weights the experience of employees. While one third of the final score depends on the employers’ responses, two thirds of the score is determined by the employees’ responses.
  • There is no minimum or maximum number of award recipients. Winners located in one of our WWW Community Partners area, will receive an award at a local recognition event.


1) A minimum of 10 employees must work at or report to the U.S. worksite applying for the award.

  • Includes all employees who receive a W-2 form, whether they are full-time, part-time, travel frequently or work remotely so long as they report into the worksite for supervision or goal setting.
  • Does not include contract workers, consultants and interns for whom you do not withhold federal income tax from paychecks.

2) The organization must have been in operation in the U.S. for at least one year.

3) All worksites must have a designated liaison to complete the Round 1 employer survey, coordinate the completion of Round 2 surveys, and receive notifications that the worksite may receive.

  • If you have more than one location, you will need to complete a separate application for each worksite. A single liaison may fulfill this function for multiple sites.
  • To change the liaison, email


To accommodate more applicants, we have changed the timelines for the award cycle. This year, the online employer application form will be available on August 17, 2015.

Below is the list of deadlines for each phase of the 2015-2016 When Work Works Award program.

2015-2016 WWW Award Cycle Start Date End Date
Round 1 Employer Application 08/17/2015 11/06/2015
Round 1 Finalists Announced 12/07/2015 12/11/2015
Round 2 Finalists Submit Employee Email List 12/14/2015 01/08/2016
Round 2 Employee Survey 02/01/2016 02/26/2016
2016 When Work Works Award Winners Announced 04/25/2016 04/29/2016

Join us! Email if you would like us to add you to our email and newsletter lists to receive the latest information about our award program and resources.

We look forward to receiving your employer application and recognizing you as a top employer!