Workplace Awards

Application Process

The 2017 When Work Works Award application period is now closed. Winners will be announced on April 28!

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 (WWW) Award honors 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 submit an online application about the flexibility programs and practices at their worksite (about 25 minutes excluding 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 Families and Work Institute’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 survey (about 25 minutes) on 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 sites with 250 or more employees, a random sample of 250 employees is surveyed using the email list provided by the employer.
    • We will provide you with the excel template so you can easily submit the employee first name, last name and email address.


  • Of those surveyed in Round 2, a 40% response rate is required before a worksite can be scored.
  • 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 Community Partners area, will receive an Award at a local recognition event.