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SC Campaign Honored With Workplace Effectiveness and Flexibility Award

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

The South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy has been honored with the 2013 Alfred P. Sloan Award for Excellence in Workplace Effectiveness and Flexibility. This award recognizes their use of flexibility and other aspects of workplace effectiveness as a workplace strategy to increase business and employee success.

This prestigious award, part of the national When Work Works project administered by Families and Work Institute (FWI) and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), recognizes employers of all sizes and types across the country.

“We are honored to be one of three companies in South Carolina to receive this recognition for our workplace practices,” said Forrest Alton, Chief Executive Officer of the South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. “Putting employees in positions to succeed, while giving them opportunities and options to meet the needs of their families and personal interests are complimentary goals we strive to achieve every day.”

Workplace flexibility — such as flextime, part-time work, and compressed workweeks — has been demonstrated to help businesses remain competitive while also benefiting their employees. Flexibility, along with other aspects of an effective workplace such as learning opportunities and supervisor support for job success, can have a positive impact on overall employee engagement and motivation.

“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, FWI president.

The Sloan Awards are unique for their rigorous, two-step selection process. The process involves an evaluation of employers’ flexibility programs and practices, and a confidential employee survey on the key ingredients of an effective and flexible workplace. All applicants are measured against national norms from the National Study of Employers.

“As a recipient of the 2013 Sloan Award, the South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy ranks among 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 while conducting the annual Sloan Awards. The project is an ongoing initiative of FWI and SHRM.

For more information about the When Work Works initiative and the Alfred P. Sloan Awards for Excellence in Workplace Effectiveness and Flexibility please visit www.whenworkworks.org.