Hear what our winners are saying about why they apply and how they feel about winning the 2014 When Work Works Award. For an interactive list of our past winners, click here.
Afloat Training Group Middle Pacific
“As a military organization with a mission involved around assessment and training, one of our biggest challenges is to maintain a balanced schedule,” said Commander Timothy Wilke. “At Afloat Training Group Middle Pacific we set our standards high, value our workforce, and have enforced effective work-life programs so that success can be attainable by anyone who walks through our doors. We are extremely proud to be recognized by the Family and Work Institute and the Society for Human Resource Management.”
Architecture Technology Corporation (ATCorp)
“We are honored to be recognized by the Society of Human Resources and the Families and Work Institute as one of a total of 284 workplaces who won the award. Even more exciting is that we (ATCorp) were selected as one of the 10 top worksites nationwide,” said Megan Lee, Director of Human Resources of ATCorp. “As a top ten employer, ATCorp is an outlier in that we currently do not offer condensed work weeks or telecommuting.”
Arise Virtual Solutions
“We are thrilled to receive this national recognition of our workplace culture and practices,” said Emily Hofer, Vice President, and Chief Human Resources Officer of Arise Virtual Solutions. “At Arise, we believe that our competitive advantage is directly tied to our ability to attract and retain world class employees. This makes building a positive and engaging culture a business imperative.”
“We are thrilled to receive this recognition for our workplace practices,” said Annetta Johnson, Head of Human Resources. “Flexibility is one of the things that our customers love about Arysta LifeScience. So, it just made sense to extend flexibility as a value proposition to our employees. We offer our employees flexible work hours and telecommuting as a matter of practice and policy, which allows employees to be effective both at work and at home.”
“To be recognized with this award by the Family and Work Institute and the Society for Human Resource Management for six consecutive years is powerful evidence of our firm’s continuing commitment to our employees,” said Wayne Berson, CEO of BDO USA. “These awards are especially gratifying because they use an employee survey as a major part of the evaluation process, which reinforces the value our people place on the flexibility we provide.”
“We are honored to once again receive national recognition for our efforts to create a company culture that supports and encourages work-life balance. At capSpire, we value working hard, but we also encourage our employees to work smart. Employees who achieve a healthy work-life balance are often less stressed, more productive, and increasingly loyal. Happy, motivated employees put our company in the best possible position to provide solid results for our clients,” says capSpire co-founder Jeff Hardcastle.
“Locally, we could not be any prouder to receive this award because it asks current employees for their input during the selection process. We are grateful to those who participated in the survey, and we hope to continue this culture of flexibility in an industry known for its deadline-driven long hours,” notes Moira House, HR Director.
“We are thrilled to receive this recognition for our workplace practices,” says Sara Hill, chief human resources officer for Ceridian. “Our culture is one of spontaneous support. As such, we are committed to providing a variety of family-friendly benefits and flexible work options to our employees, both of which are major contributors to our engagement levels. We’re dedicated to open, transparent, two-way communication with all of our employees – encouraging them to put forth creative ideas and feedback on ways to improve every aspect of our business, including the work-life balance options available.”
“Our people are our biggest asset, and making sure they enjoy their job and have a good work-life balance is extremely important to us,” said Eric Ellefson, Partner and VP of Operations at Click Rain. “The research that these organizations provide validates the programs we put in place to carry out that vision.”
“We are thrilled to receive this recognition for our workplace practices,” said Carolyn D’Anna, Partner and Co-Chief Human Resources Officer at CohnReznick. “It is a true testament to our employees and our worksites that we are able to adopt these practices and create a more flexible environment.”
“We are proud that Cornell was chosen for its efforts to address the work/life needs of our employees,” said Lynette Chappell-Williams, associate vice president for inclusion and workforce diversity, “but we are even prouder that this award is based, in part, on feedback given by our faculty and staff. The award serves both as an affirmation of what Cornell has done so far and as an inspiration for us to continue to develop programs that are responsive to the needs of the Cornell community.”
“We are extremely excited and proud as an organization to receive this recognition for our workplace practices,” said John Leveille, CEO and founder of d-Wise. “Our staff regularly expresses appreciation for the trust placed in them by d-Wise. They can see that our company policies and practices respect them as hard-working human beings who are striving to do their best work every day.”
“We are grateful to have received a When Work Works award, said Sara Sutton Fell, CEO and Founder of FlexJobs. Since our start, FlexJobs has been dedicated both helping job seekers find jobs that offer work flexibility and a better work-life fit, as well as offering that to our own team.”
“Everyone at Fortune Title has contributed to our initiative in building a trusted and caring relationship with one another and our honorable clients,” said President of Fortune Title Agency Nicole Plath. “We are thrilled to be recognized for our workplace practices.”
G2 Web Services
“I am extremely proud that in order to win this award, our team had to vote for us. While there was a submission process, the ultimate results were based on what our employees think of the work they do, the flexibility offered to them, and of G2 itself. They reinforced what I already knew.” said Karina Sinclair Vice President of Operations.
“We are thrilled to receive this recognition for our exemplary workplace practices,” said Edward Shulkin, co-CEO of GiftCard Partners. “The commonality within GiftCard Partners is the shared vision of developing and maintaining a work-life balance. Employees are given the flexibility to create a schedule that works for them, the company, and in many cases, their families and still enable them to be active participants in team projects focused on individual and company goals,” states fellow co-CEO, Deborah Merkin
“This recognition reinforces the tremendous value of The Hartford’s employees, especially when paired with initiatives to provide a flexible work environment and increase employee engagement” said Larry Emory and Jeanette Zenner, Regional Vice Presidents at The Hartford’s Lake Mary, FL office. “When we are focused on the common goal of creating an exceptional workplace and providing the best possible experience for our customers, we are able to meet The Hartford’s mission to help our customers prevail when the unexpected happens.”
Hawaii Human Resources, Inc. (HiHR)
“As a fairly young company at almost six years old, we are extremely honored and proud to receive the When Work Works Award because my partner and I founded our company on the basis that we first and foremost wanted to create an ‘ohana or family in Hawaiian,” Chairman and CEO Scott Meichtry says. “We have trust, family-values, and hospitality at the core of our company culture at Hawaii Human Resources (HiHR) where we see our people and our clients working hard, and we want to take care of them. We have been lucky to grow as quickly as we have but have never let go of our family-friendly atmosphere here where we really go the extra mile to promote the balance between personal, family and work life. We truly believe our business will thrive only if our employees flourish.”
“We’re particularly pleased to be honored by the When Work Works initiative. It is a rigorous process open to employers of all sizes across the country. The common denominator among all participating companies is that we are truly proud of our innovative workplace practices; that is certainly true for us at Humantech,” says Humantech President, Jim Good.
“Our mission at ICAN is to empower youth to be responsible members of the community. Our focus is giving them the tools and programs they need to be successful. We have also found that creating a positive work environment for our staff directly affects the youth we serve. When the staff is empowered and able to manage their work-life balance, it directly and positively impacts the lives of the 250 youth that come through our doors every day. Because we stress the importance of our employees, we applied for and won the “When Work Works Workplace Flexibility Award…….” Workplace flexibility is essential to success. It is not just for large corporations. ICAN has a staff of 27 and we have found several creative ways to offer flexible practices in our business.”
“We are so proud to receive this award from the Family and Work Institute and the Society for Human Resource Management for two consecutive years. This award is a validation of the hard work behind our flexible workplace programs. Moreover, it is confirmation that our employees recognize the positive improvements that have been made, as the employee survey is an important component of the application process,” said Shannon Johnston, Staff Executive-IEEE Human Resources.
“We are thrilled to receive this recognition for our workplace practices,” said Lisa H. Shuster, SPHR, iHire.coms Vice President of Human Resources and Administration. “Our employees are our greatest asset, and we strive every day to maintain an environment that is not only flexible but also encourages innovation, creativity, collaboration, and professional growth.”
“We are excited to receive this recognition for our workplace practices,” said Deb Henke, Operations Manager. “This award is a reflection of our continued commitment to a results only work environment we started a little over six years ago.”
International Scholarship and Tuition Services
“ISTS is proud to be recognized as a leader in workplace practices,” said Lawrence Dresdner, Chief Marketing Officer of ISTS. “ISTS is committed to creating a highly energetic and collaborative work environment where our employees are excited to come to work every day and deliver exceptional service to our clients.”
“We take great pride in providing innovative and flexible work solutions to attract, inspire and retain top talent in the very competitive advertising and communications industries,” said Mat Lignel, president of Laughlin Constable. “We are pleased to again have our workplace practices recognized with this honor.”
The Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division (NAWCTSD)
“As the Navy’s primary center for advanced training simulation, we are always seeking better and faster ways to accomplish our mission for the warfighter,” said Capt. Wes Naylor, NAWCTSD commanding officer. “We learn from experience and experiments, we focus on innovation, effectiveness, and performance, and we are open to changing our assumptions and developing new approaches to solve problems.”
Naval Medical Research Unit, Dayton (NAMRU-D)
“The importance of morale and balancing your work and life priorities is one of the main tenets of our command philosophy. I believe everyone makes a difference and is empowered to focus on doing what is right, not just what is easy,” said Capt. Jeff Andrews, commanding officer of NAMRU-D, upon notification of winning the award.
Naval Station Great Lakes
“Award winners, like Naval Station Great Lakes, are recognized for their command accomplishments along with their ability to help Sailors set and attain their professional and personal goals outside of work,” said Lt. Francis (Shannon) Sweeney, Life-Work Balance lead, Plans and Policy, Chief of Naval Personnel Office of Diversity and Inclusion. “That includes college courses, obtaining degrees, United Services Military Apprenticeship Program certification, or community involvement. When command triads can accomplish the mission and be flexible enough to support Sailors’ other pursuits, that is a win for the Navy.”
“The founding partners have always shared the belief that our quality is in our people,” stated Roger Levasseur, President and CEO of OpenSky. “We are in the best position to serve the needs of our clients when our employees are able to achieve a sustainable work-life balance and this award is proof that our values are reflected in our everyday culture.”
“We are pleased to receive this recognition for our workplace practices for the eighth consecutive year,” said Kenneth Guidry, CPA, President. “We evaluate our benefits, policies and procedures each year to ensure our team members are able to successfully balance their professional and personal responsibilities. Independent recognition, such as this award, showcases why our team members think PKF Texas is a great place to work.”
“Point B exists for the benefit of our people, so ranking number one on the list for employer excellence is a true honor for us,” said Point B Phoenix Practice Director Michelle Sirott. “Our growing team is passionate about client service, our communities and supporting each other, and we always strive to lead the way in Arizona by creating an amazing workplace that equals success for our clients and employees.”
“We are delighted to receive this recognition for our workplace practices. We are committed to building a workplace that supports our team,” said Laura Helms Reece, Dr. P.H., chief executive officer for Rho. “The award is a testament to our commitment to creating a flexible workplace, including traditional programs like telecommuting and flexible hours, as well as innovative programs like treadmill desks and a concierge service that runs personal errands for employees.”
“These awards validate the strength of Ryan’s flexible work programs, policies, and culture in creating an effective and productive workplace,” said G. Brint Ryan, Chairman and CEO of Ryan. “I want to personally thank our associates in these 25 offices across the United States for this tremendous honor.”
“We’re deeply honored to have been selected for this award for the third year running,” said Brown. “Working with HR departments across the country is our specialty so that makes this award all the more meaningful.”
“We are thrilled to be recognized as an excellent place to work,” said SiteCrafting President Brian Forth. “We have a lot of very smart, technically minded people working here, but what’s more important and worthy of recognition is the fact that we have incredible human beings working here and we want to support them.”
“We’re thrilled to be recognized as a workplace that works for our employees,” said county Human Resources Director Bridget Clawson. “This award is a credit to our focus on career development, a flexible work schedule and our commitment to making our employees successful.”
“At Spanning, we strive to create an environment that excites our employees to come to work each day and inspires them to deliver products that our customers love and trust to keep their cloud application data safe and their organizations productive,” said Jeff Erramouspe, president and CEO, Spanning. “We are thrilled to be recognized for our efforts in creating a collaborative and transparent corporate culture and are excited to continue our growth with the support of such a talented team.”
UHA Health Insurance
“We are honored to be nationally recognized with a 2014 When Work Works Award,” said Howard Lee, President and Chief Executive Officer, UHA Health Insurance. “Being that UHA is physician founded and guided, we believe that our competitive advantage of being a uniquely qualified health insurer is a direct result of our commitment to practice what we preach, and our pledge to create a work environment where associates are healthy, happy and productive.”
Ultimate Staffing Services, part of Roth Staffing Companies
“Everyone at Roth Staffing Companies shares in this honor,” said Adam Roth, President & COO of Roth Staffing Companies, and the architect of Roth Staffing’s organizational programs aimed at engagement. “Each of us takes part in cultivating our company’s award-winning culture, from the senior leadership team that helps to implement many of our innovative engagement programs to our coworkers who enliven our Core Values, Purpose, and Promise for customers and Ambassadors—our temporary employees—every day. We aim to do good things and the right thing for the people we serve, including our own coworkers, and are truly honored to earn recognition as an employer of choice.”
Surgical Pathology Labs
“We value our employees and appreciate the need for a healthy work/life balance and we’re thrilled to receive this recognition for our workplace practices,” said Dr. Jeffrey Bulson, owner/director of SPL.
University Clinical, Education & Research Associates (UCERA)
“We are honored to receive this recognition for our workplace practices,” said Dr. Roy Magnusson, CEO of UCERA and Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs of JABSOM. “We wish to say mahalo nui loa to the UCERA o`hana, faculty and staff, for their commitment to our missions of healing, teaching, discovery and service. Thank you so very much for recognizing UCERA as an outstanding place to work.”