CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — The Association of Legal Administrators (ALA) has been honored with a 2016 When Work Works Award for its use of effective workplace strategies to increase business and employee success.This prestigious award, part of the national When Work Works project administered by the Families and Work Institute (FWI) and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), recognizes employers of all sizes and types in the state and across the country.
“We are truly honored to be recognized as one of only 11 Illinois companies and one of only a few associations nationwide for our workplace initiatives,” says Oliver Yandle, JD, CAE, ALA Executive Director. “We've got an amazing staff and want to create an environment the nurtures its development and elevates its success.”
The Families and Work Institute (FWI) and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) announced the 351 winners on May 24. Recipients represent 43 states and Washington, D.C. To qualify for the award, worksites must rank in the top 20 percent of the country based on a nationally representative sample of employers. Two-thirds of the evaluation of applicants comes from an employee survey. Applicants are evaluated on six research-based ingredients 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 health, well-being and engagement.
“These employers have excelled at creating effective workplaces yielding tremendously positive results for business success, as well as for their employees’ well-being and productivity,” says Ellen Galinsky, president of FWI. “Effective workplaces recognize that employees are an organization’s greatest resource and make a critical difference in the organization’s ability to not only survive, but to thrive.”
“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,” says Lisa Horn, director of SHRM’s workplace flexibility initiative. “These innovative strategies are what sets these organizations apart, allowing them to attract and retain top talent, giving them a competitive advantage.”
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When Work Works is a national project that shares research results on what makes an effective and flexible workplace with the business community.
For more information about the When Work Worksinitiative and the When Work Works Award, visit www.whenworkworks.org.
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.