Alfred Sloan Award 2011


Receives prestigious Alfred P. Sloan Award for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility

Durham, NC (October 12, 2011) Shodor has been honored with the 2011 Alfred P. Sloan Award for Business Excellence in Workplace 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, recognizes employers of all sizes and types in the Triangle area and across the country.

Workplace flexibilitysuch as flextime, part-time work and compressed workweekshas been demonstrated to help businesses remain competitive while also benefiting employees as well.

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, states Ellen Galinsky, president of Families and Work Institute (FWI), a research think tank on workforce and workplace trends that administers the awards.

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 FWIs National Study of Employers.

As a recipient of the 2011 Sloan Award, Shodor ranks in the top 20% of employers nationally in terms of its programs, policies and culture for creating an effective and flexible workplace, states Galinsky. 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, as well as conducting the annual Sloan Awards. It is an ongoing initiative of Families and Work Institute first funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. In 2011, the Society for Human Resource Management and FWI formed a ground-breaking, multi-year 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 Alfred P. Sloan Awards for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility, visit