ICF’s Research Triangle Park (RTP) office was honored with the 2011 Alfred P. Sloan Award for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility for its use of flexibility as an effective workplace strategy to increase business and employee success. Workplace flexibility—such as flextime, part-time work and compressed work weeks—has been demonstrated to help businesses remain competitive while also benefiting employees. This prestigious award, part of the national When Work Works project, recognizes employers of all sizes and types in North Carolina and across the country. As a recipient of the 2011 Sloan Award, ICF ranks in the top 20 percent of employers nationally in terms of its programs, policies, and culture for creating an effective and flexible workplace.
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 conducting the annual Sloan Awards. It is an ongoing initiative of the Families and Work Institute (FWI), first funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. In 2011, the Society for Human Resource Management and FWI formed a ground-breaking, multiyear partnership to grow When Work Works and help businesses become more successful by transforming the way they view and adopt effective and flexible workplaces. 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. All applicants are measured against national norms from FWI’s National Study of Employers.