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Wisconsin Employers Honored for Excellence in Workplace Effectiveness
Katie Walk, SHRM-SCP, SPHR
Director, Wisconsin State Council SHRM
Barbara Norcia-Broms, Communications Manager
Families and Work Institute
Sundra Hominik
Society for Human Resource Management

Wisconsin Employers Honored for Excellence in Workplace Effectiveness
Wisconsin State Council SHRM to present When Work Works Award at Leadership Conference 

Madison, Wis. (June 14, 2016) – The Wisconsin State Council SHRM announced today the Wisconsin winners of the When Work Works Award for exemplary workplace practices. 

The Wisconsin recipients of the 2016 When Work Works Award are:

  • BDO USA, LLP – Madison, WI
  • BDO USA, LLP – Milwaukee, WI
  • JACounter – New Richmond, WI
  • KerberRose, S.C. – Shawano, WI
  • Laughlin Constable – Milwaukee, WI
  • Palmer Johnson Power Systems – Sun Prairie, WI
The award, given by the Families and Work Institute (FWI) and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), is the result of a rigorous assessment. Worksites must first qualify by ranking in the top 20 percent of the country based on a nationally representative sample of employers. Two-thirds of the evaluation of applicants comes from an employee survey. Applicants are evaluated on six research-based ingredients of an effective workplace: opportunities for learning; a culture of trust; work/life fit; supervisor support for work success; autonomy; and satisfaction with earnings, benefits and opportunities for advancement — all factors associated with employee health, well-being and engagement.

Wisconsin State Council SHRM is the official host of the awards in Wisconsin.

“The best practices being promoted by WWW have been implemented by many businesses in Wisconsin, and the results are happier, more productive employees and in turn employers that are better positioned to thrive,” said Katie Walk, WI-SHRM state director. “Effective workplaces have a direct connection to regional and state economic health, and it benefits employers of all sizes and types to take advantage of the resources provided by WWW and the opportunity to be recognized with the WWW Award.” 
“These employers have excelled at creating effective workplaces yielding tremendously positive results for business success, as well as for their employees’ well-being and productivity,” said Ellen Galinsky, president of FWI. “Effective workplaces recognize that employees are an organization’s greatest resource and make a critical difference in the organization’s ability to not only survive, but to thrive.”
“The 2016 When Work Works Award winners confirm that leading employers are continuing the movement toward effective workplace strategies that benefit both business and employees,” said Lisa Horn, director of SHRM’s workplace flexibility initiative. “These innovative strategies are what sets these organizations apart, allowing them to attract and retain top talent, giving them a competitive advantage.”
Wisconsin State Council SHRM will recognize recipients of the When Work Works Award at the Leadership Conference at 12:00 PM August 11, 2016 at the Great Wolf Lodge. The Leadership Conference offers leadership strategies to local SHRM volunteer leaders to strengthen the chapter, council or student group, presenting valuable networking opportunities for chapter leaders across the state.
To learn more, check out this interactive map, which includes winning organizations by state: http://www.whenworkworks.org/be-effective/2016-when-work-works-award-winners-state-listing
An initiative of FWI and SHRM, the award is part of When Work Works, a national project that also shares research on what makes an effective and flexible workplace with the business community.
Media: Press coverage of the When Work Works award presentation at the Leadership Conference is welcomed. For more information, contact Katie Walk at 715-834-8001.
For more information about the When Work Works initiative and the When Work Works Award, contact Barbara Norcia-Broms at 212-465-2094 and bnorcia-broms@familiesandwork.org or Sundra Hominik at 703-535-6273 and sundra.hominik@shrm.org. Also, visit www.whenworkworks.org, and like us on Facebook.com/FWINews.
About the Wisconsin State Council Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
The Wisconsin State Council Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) shares expertise and facilitates thought leadership to advance human resources professionals throughout the state of Wisconsin. Made up of 25 core council members and 19 chapter presidents, the Wisconsin State Council SHRM strives to connect and strengthen all local SHRM chapters and its members through development opportunities and shared information and resources on local, statewide and national levels. Supported by the national Society for Human Resource Management, the Wisconsin State Council SHRM promotes the value of the HR profession. To learn more, visit www.wishrm.org.
About When Work Works
When Work Works is a national initiative, led by the partnership of the Families and Work Institute (FWI) 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 annual When Work Works Award, which recognizes exemplary employers for creating effective workplaces to increase business and employee success. Visit www.whenworkworks.org and follow us on Twitter @WhenWorkWorks @FWINews and @SHRMPress, and join the workflex conversation on Facebook.com/FWINews.
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