Utah Employers Honored for Excellence in Workplace Effectiveness

Fifteen local businesses have received the 2013 Alfred P. Sloan Awards for Excellence in Workplace Effectiveness and Flexibility for their exemplary workplace practices.


Honorees will be recognized for their use of flexibility as an effective workplace strategy to increase business and employee success. The prestigious Sloan award, presented locally by the Salt Lake Chamber Women’s Business Center, is a part of the national When Work Works project, which recognizes employers of all sizes and types in Utah and across the country.

“Recruiting and retaining top talent is critical to the success of a business,” said Lane Beattie, president and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber. “These employers use flexibility as an effective workplace strategy and, in doing so, help their employees meet their work and life needs and help the organization achieve strong business results. We congratulate them for being role models for other businesses.”

Utah recipients of the 2013 Alfred P. Sloan Award for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility are:

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·       Alpha Warranty Services

·       BambooHR

·       Christopherson Business Travel

·       DigiCert, Inc.

·       Employer Solutions Group

·       GOAL ZERO

·       Goldenwest Credit Union

·       Ingram Medical

·       inthinc Technology Solutions

·       Mantyla McReynolds

·       Mountain America Credit Union

·       Nicholas and Company

·       Prince, Perelson & Associates

·       Software Technology Group

Honorees are identified through a rigorous selection process that involves an evaluation of employers’ flexibility programs and practices (from telecommuting to job sharing to phased retirement programs) and a confidential employee survey that also asks employees about other aspects of the workplace known to lead to employee engagement.


“These employers are leaders in leveraging flexibility and workplace effectiveness to attract and keep the best talent,” said Kelly Sakai-O’Neill, senior manager of applied research at Families and Work Institute. “They experience first-hand the benefits that an effective and flexible workplace has on their employees, organizational culture and bottom line.”

This year’s local Alfred P. Sloan Award ceremony, presented by the Salt Lake Chamber Women’s Business Center, will be held at the Salt Lake Marriott City Center at 220 South State Street in Salt Lake City. The ceremony is scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013. You can register for the event at slchamber.com/sloanawards.

An initiative of Families and Work Institute (FWI) and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the Alfred P. Sloan Awards for Excellence in Workplace Effectiveness and Flexibility are part of When Work Works, a national project to educate the business community on the value of workplace effectiveness and flexibility.

Award winners will be featured in the next edition of the Guide to Bold New Ideas for Making Work Work. Information about innovative workplace practices also will be showcased at a nationalconference on transformational workplaces and be included in business education programming by FWI and SHRM.