Eve Tahmincioglu
Families and Work Institute
(212) 465-2044
eve@familiesandwork.org

For Immediate Release  (05/21/13)

Winona, MN (May 22, 2013) – The Winona Area Chamber of Commerce announced yesterday the Winona area winners of the 2013 Alfred P. Sloan Awards for Excellence in Workplace Effectiveness and Flexibility for their exemplary workplace practices.

Given by Families and Work Institute and the Society for Human Resource Management, the Sloan award recognizes employers that have distinguished themselves in Minnesota and across the country. Winners are identified through a rigorous selection process, which involves an evaluation of employers’ flexibility programs and practices (from telecommuting to job sharing to phased retirement programs) and a confidential employee survey.

The Winona Area Chamber of Commerce is the official host of the awards in Winona, MN.

“These employers are leaders in leveraging flexibility strategies to attract and keep the best talent. They experience first-hand the benefits that an effective and flexible workplace has on their employees, organizational culture and bottom line,” says Kelly Sakai-O’Neill, senior manager of applied research at Families and Work Institute.

An initiative of Families and Work Institute (FWI) and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the Alfred P. Sloan Awards for Excellence in Workplace Effectiveness and Flexibility are part of When Work Works, a national project to educate the business community on the value of workplace effectiveness and flexibility.

Award winners will be featured in the next edition of the Guide to Bold New Ideas for Making Work Work. Information about innovative workplace practices also will be showcased at a national work-life conference and be included in business education programming by FWI and SHRM.

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About When Work Works
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 an effective workplace strategy to increase business and employee success. Visit www.whenworkworks.org and follow us on Twitter @FWINews and @SHRMPress, and join the workflex conversation on Facebook.com/FWINews.

About HBC
HBC (Hiawatha Broadband Communications, Inc.) is a Winona-based company that was formed in 1997. HBC evolved as a successor to an innovative not-for-profit education initiative that connected the Winona community’s educational institutions to a fiber-optic network and transformed teaching and learning via the Internet.

Today, HBC helps foster economic advancement in communities throughout Minnesota with world-class fiber-optic technology for television, Internet and telephone services. More than 30% of the stock in HBC is owned by Winona area not-for-profit institutions. Anonymous benefactors purchased the stock for the community’s schools as the new HBC was organized, and it is just one important indicator of HBC’s commitment to “people before profit.”

For additional information, or to schedule an interview, please contact Rochelle Pervisky at (507) 474-5870 or rpervisky@exchange.hbci.com.