LANSING – Public Policy Associates, Inc. (PPA) has been recognized for exceptional workplace flexibility for the third year in a row.
PPA was one of 24 Michigan firms to win the 2011 Alfred P. Sloan Award for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility, and one of just 12 that has been honored each of the three past years. The companies were honored at an awards ceremony recently in Traverse City.
“We have made it a priority to create a culture of flexibility, and it is gratifying to earn this recognition,” said PPA President Jeffrey D. Padden. “We have a talented and diverse staff. Providing workplace flexibility enhances their personal lives and supports their ability to produce excellent work for our clients.”
Sloan Awards are determined by a rigorous, two-step selection process, which involves an evaluation of employers’ flexibility programs and practices, as well as a confidential employee survey. They are part of When Work Works, a national project to educate the business community on the value of workplace effectiveness and flexibility. It is an ongoing initiative of the Families and Work Institute (FWI) first funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
“We applaud these organizations for their use of flexibility as an effective workplace strategy to increase business success and benefit employees,” states Barbara Hagan, State Director, Michigan Council of SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management). “Not only are they an example for other businesses wanting to remain competitive in today’s rapidly changing marketplace, they are also leading the way in making Michigan a great place to live and work.”
In 2011, SHRM and FWI formed a ground-breaking, multiyear partnership to grow When Work Works and help businesses become more successful by transforming the way they view and adopt effective and flexible workplaces. For more information about the When Work Works project and the Sloan Awards, visit www.whenworkworks.org.
Public Policy Associates, Inc. is a national research and evaluation firm specializing in education and workforce development, criminal and juvenile justice, human services, and economic revitalization. For more information, visit www.publicpolicy.com.