Children's Hospital Colorado Receives 2012 Sloan Award in Workplace Effectiveness and Flexibility
Children’s Colorado has been honored with the 2012 Alfred P. Sloan Award for Excellence in Workplace Effectiveness and 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 Work Works project administered by the Families and Work Institute and the Society for Human Resource Management, recognizes employers of all sizes and types in the region and across the country.
“We are thrilled to receive this recognition for our workplace practices,” said Mike Wukitsch, chief human resources officer. “Flexible workplace arrangements reflect the reality of the diverse and changing needs of our staff. Healthcare is challenging from both a patient perspective and as caregivers. If we can provide services and programs that help our staff achieve more balance in their lives, they in turn will be more focused on caring for our patients and their families – a win-win for everyone.”
Research explains why workplace flexibility works
Workplace flexibility — such as flextime, part-time work and compressed workweeks — has been demonstrated to help businesses remain competitive while also benefiting employees.
“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, president of Families and Work Institute.
The Sloan Awards are unique for their rigorous, two-step selection process, which involves an evaluation of employers’ flexibility programs and practices, and a confidential employee survey. All applicants are measured against national norms from the National Study of Employers.
Children's Colorado ranks among nation's top employers for workplace programs, policies and culture
“As a recipient of the 2012 Sloan Award, Children’s Colorado ranks in 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.”
Children’s Colorado will be recognized as a 2012 Sloan Award recipient at an upcoming event hosted by the Aurora Chamber of Commerce.
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 the Families and Work Institute and the Society for Human Resource Management.
Learn more about the When Work Works project and the Alfred P. Sloan Awards for Excellence in Workplace Effectiveness and Flexibility.
Read about the culture at Children's Colorado, including our standards of behavior.