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University of Iowa Foundation recognized for exemplary workplace practices

October 29, 2012

The University of Iowa Foundation 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 Iowa and across the country.

“It is an honor to be recognized for our workplace practices,” said Lynette Marshall, president and CEO of the UI Foundation. “We believe in maintaining a challenging and rewarding work environment that fosters work-life balance, including flexible work schedule options for our employees.”

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.

“As a recipient of the 2012 Sloan Award, the UI Foundation ranks in the top 20 percent 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.”

The UI Foundation was recognized as a 2012 Sloan Award recipient at the 2012 WorkFlex Conference in Chicago on October 24.

About the University of Iowa Foundation

The University of Iowa acknowledges the UI Foundation as the preferred channel for private contributions that benefit all areas of the university. For more information, visit http://www.foriowa.org/.

About When Work Works

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.

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