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Hawley Troxell Receives Sloan Award for Exemplary Workplace Flexibility

By Hawley Troxell,

Hawley Troxell has been honored with the 2013 Alfred P. Sloan Award for Excellence in Workplace Effectiveness and Flexibility for its use of flexibility and other aspects of workplace effectiveness as a strategy to increase business and employee success.

This prestigious national award, part of the 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 in Idaho and across the country. The other companies in Idaho receiving this award are: Northwest Lineman College, KPMG (Boise), and Treasure Valley Hospice. The recipients will be recognized in October or November, the date has not yet been determined.

“We are honored to be one of only four recipients and the only law firm in the state receiving this national award for our flexible workplace,” said Lynn McConnell, Hawley Troxell Human Resources Manager.

Workplace flexibility — such as flextime, part-time work and compressed workweeks — has been demonstrated to help businesses remain competitive while also benefiting employees. Flexibility in combination with other aspects of an effective workplace — such as learning opportunities and supervisor support for job success — can have a powerful impact on 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, which 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, Hawley Troxell 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, and conducting the annual Sloan Awards. It 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, click here.