McKinney recognized for exemplary workplace practices - McKinney

McKinney recognized for exemplary workplace practices

October 19, 2011

Agency is three-time winner of prestigious Alfred P. Sloan Award for Business Excellence and Workplace Flexibility

For the third time, McKinney has been honored with the Alfred P. Sloan Award for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility for its use of flexibility as an effective workplace strategy to increase business and employee success.

This prestigious award, part of the national When We Work project, recognizes employers of all sizes and types across the country.

“Workplace flexibility is one of the key components that makes McKinney such a special agency,” said a jubilant Lea Wharton, vice president director of talent management. “We’re excited to be recognized again for a workplace practice that treats our employees as the valued and very talented adults they are.”

Workplace flexibility—such as flextime, part-time work and compressed workweeks—has been demonstrated to help businesses remain competitive while also benefiting employees, as well.

“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,” states Ellen Galinsky, president of Families and Work Institute (FWI), a research think tank on workforce and workplace trends that administers the awards.

The Sloan Awards are unique for their rigorous, two-step selecting process, which involves an evaluation of employers’ flexibility programs and practices, and a confidential employee survey. All applicants are measured against national norms from FWI’s National Study of Employers.

“As a recipient of the 2011 Sloan Award, McKinney ranks in the top 20% of employers nationally in terms of its programs, policies and culture for creating an effective and flexible workplace,” added Galinsky. “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, and conducting the annual Sloan Awards. It is an ongoing initiative of Families and Work Institute first funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. In 2011, the Society for Human Resource Management and FWI formed a ground-breaking, multi-year partnership to grow When Work Works and help businesses become more successful by transforming the way they view and adopt effective and flexible workplaces.