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MD SHRM State Council Named Community Partner for National ‘When Work Works’ Program

    November 7, 2012

     

    The MD SHRM State Council (“MD SHRM”) has been named a Community Partner in the When Work Works program, a national project to educate the business community about the value of workplace effectiveness and flexibility.

    The announcement was made by the Families and Work Institute (FWI) and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), which oversee the When Work Works program.

    The MD SHRM joins a group of 25 community partners in cities and states across the country. In its role, MD SHRM will engage community leaders in workplace flexibility efforts and educate employers about workplace flexibility practices, programs and policies.

    “Workplace flexibility practices contribute to both the business bottom line for employers and job satisfaction for employees,” said Christine V. Walters, Deputy Director for MD SHRM. “We are pleased to be involved in this key business issue and serve as a When Work Works Community Partner.”

    As a Community Partner, MD SHRM also becomes the official host of the Alfred P. Sloan Awards for Excellence in Workplace Effectiveness and Flexibility in Maryland. Recipients of the Sloan Awards are recognized via the MD SHRM website and social media channels.   

    “MD SHRM is ideally suited to connect the human resources and employer communities in Maryland,” said Lisa Horn, co-leader of SHRM’s workplace flexibility partnership with FWI.  “MD SHRM will educate employers about flexibility practices that positively impact the workplace and recognize organizations for their innovative and effective efforts.”

    “Community partners such as MD SHRM are front and center in this initiative. They bring together community leaders — from business, education, the media, the community, and local government — who affect real change,” said Ellen Galinsky, co-founder and president of FWI.

    The When Work Works program shares cutting-edge research and resources and highlights best practices through its Guide to Bold New Ideas for Making Work Work. Practices such as telecommuting, flextime, part-time work, job sharing, transition to retirement, and compressed schedules help employees meet their work and life responsibilities and help employers respond to the competitive global marketplace. Flexible workplace strategies boost productivity, increase employee morale, lower turnover and absenteeism, and lower overhead costs. 

     

    For more information, contact Christine Walters, Deputy Director of the MD SHRM State Council at 410-848-4721 and christine@FiveL.net.

    For more information about the When Work Works project and the Alfred P. Sloan Awards for Excellence in Workplace Effectiveness and Flexibility, contact Kelly Sakai at 212- 465-2044 ext. 211 or ksakai@familiesandwork.org. Or visit www.whenworkworks.org.