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Workplace Flexibility

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The When Work Works initiative enjoyed a highly successful year, providing an impressive 95 workflex programs on effective and flexible workplaces, reaching more than 5,400 HR professionals across the U.S.

We want to keep this positive momentum going, which means it’s time to start scheduling programming opportunities in the 2014 target states—Arkansas, District of Columbia, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Mexico, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Utah, Vermont, Wisconsin and Wyoming—as well as continued outreach in California. Volunteer leaders in these states can request workplace flexibility programming preapproved for strategic credit through the SHRM Speakers Bureau.

When Work Works 2014 Goals

A major goal of 2014 is to continue to grow the When Work Works initiative by increasing the number of SHRM state councils and/or chapters that serve as community partners. So far, at least 20 SHRM affiliates have committed to serving as 2014 community partners. Community partners have three main responsibilities:

Educate—Provide programming to HR professionals and employers about the business benefits of workplace flexibility.
Promote—Raise awareness about workplace flexibility as a business strategy and promote the Sloan Award.
Recognize—Celebrate winners of the Sloan Award at recognition events.

SHAPE credits (Diversity/Inclusion or Workforce Readiness CLA) are available for SHRM state councils and/or chapters serving as When Work Works community partners, and the responsibilities of a community partner fit nicely with the work affiliates are doing already. To learn more, please review the When Work Works Community Partner Toolkit, which provides state and local volunteer leaders with the tools they need to build support for workplace flexibility in their communities and organizations.

When Work Works on the Road

When Work Works will hit the ground running in 2014 target states with scheduled educational programming:

San Joaquin Human Resource Association—Jan. 22 in San Joaquin, Calif.

If you have any questions, or you are interested in serving as a 2014 Community Partner, please contact Cassidy Neal, SHRM’s Workplace Flexibility Program Specialist, at

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