The Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) has been honored with the 2013 Alfred P. Sloan Award for Excellence in Workplace Effectiveness and Flexibility for its use of workplace flexibility in employee retention and business strategy.
This prestigious award, part of the national When Work Works project administered by Families and Work Institute (FWI) and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), recognizes a diverse group of employers in the Pittsburgh area and across the country.
“We are delighted and proud to receive this recognition of our workplace practices,” said Paula Trahan Rieger, MSN, RN, CAE, FAAN, chief executive officer of ONS. “ONS’s flexibility and telecommuting program is highly valued by our employees, and staff works together with management to adhere to the program principles to ensure that it works for everyone. This flexibility allows ONS to retain valued employees when a move out of the area is necessary, and it helps attract and retain talent in different parts of the country.”
“As a recipient of the 2013 Sloan Award, ONS ranks among the top 20% of employers nationally in terms of its programs, policies and culture for creating an effective and flexible workplace,” said Ellen Galinsky, FWI president. “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.”
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.
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, including 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,” Galinsky said.
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 by 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, visit www.whenworkworks.org.
ONS is a professional association of more than 35,000 members committed to promoting excellence in oncology nursing and the transformation of cancer care. Since 1975, ONS has provided a professional community for oncology nurses, developed evidence-based education programs and treatment information, and advocated for patient care, all in an effort to improve quality of life and outcomes for patients with cancer and their families. Learn more at www.ons.org.
When Work Works is a national initiative, led by the partnership of Families and Work Institute and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), to help businesses of all sizes and types become more successful by transforming the way they view and adopt effective and flexible workplaces. When Work Works is one of the foremost providers of resources, rigorous research and best practices on workplace effectiveness and flexibility in the nation. The initiative administers the prestigious Alfred P. Sloan Awards for Excellence in Workplace Effectiveness and Flexibility annually, which recognize exemplary employers for using flexibility as part of an effective workplace strategy to increase business and employee success. Learn more at www.whenworkworks.org
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