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Three months into 2012 and the When Work Works initiative continues to pick up steam across the country. Next week, When Work Works educational programming in 2012 target states that includes programs with HR Tampa, the Michigan SHRM State Council, and the Alaska SHRM State Council. These efforts help educate HR professionals about the business case for workplace flexibility, share effective practices, and raise awareness of the Sloan Award for Excellence in Workplace Effectiveness and Flexibility.

In order to grow the When Work Works program, SHRM and the Families and Work Institute (FWI) are seeking SHRM State Councils and Chapters to serve as community partners. In just the last month, three SHRM affiliates have signed on (see Commitment to Partner form) as workplace flexibility community champions. These include:

    1. The Inland Northwest Society for Human Resource Management – co-leading the program in Spokane, WA with Humanix and Greater Spokane Incorporated
    2. Louisville SHRM (LSHRM) –  partnering with Greater Louisville Inc to support When Work Works in Louisville, KY. More information on this partnership can be found in LSHRM’s March newsletter.
    3. North Carolina SHRM State Council – leading the initiative statewide in North Carolina.

Thanks to these SHRM affiliates for their leadership on this important HR issue! If your State Council or Chapter is interested in learning more about the benefits and expectations for community partners, please review the new SHRM/FWI When Work Works Toolkit.

Reminder – One Month Left to Apply for a Sloan Work-flex Award!

The Sloan Awards, given annually by SHRM and FWI, honor organizations that are using workplace flexibility as a strategy to make work “work” better – for both the employer and the employee. The above mentioned When Work Works community partners and others are building awareness of the Sloan Awards in their state and communities, but if your worksite is outside of a community partner area, you can still apply for a Sloan Award. Any organization with more than 10 employees is eligible to apply via the “at-large” category. Be sure to apply soon as the deadline is April 16, 2012.  This is a unique opportunity to showcase your organization’s flexibility strategies and better understand how your programs compare to others. To apply, click HERE.

NEW - The Dollars and Sense of Measuring HR and Workplace Flexibility Practices Webcast - Wednesday, March 28, 2012, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. EDT

HR departments face greater demands than ever to come up with initiatives that demonstrate the value of HR to their organizations and to prove those HR programs "work." The best way to do this is with metrics. In this webcast, Dr. Wayne Cascio, widely regarded as one of the foremost experts in the field of human resource management and measurement, will discuss how to use metrics to effectively assess your HR initiatives, placing special emphasis on the ROI of workplace flexibility practices.

Click HERE for more information and to register for this webcast.

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