2009 Alfred P Sloan Award

The Medical Center of Aurora/Centennial Medical Plaza Recognized for Exemplary Workplace Practices

August 6, 2009

The current recession - considered one of the worst since the Great Depression in the 1930s - is proving to be a "game changer" for organizations in all sectors of the economy. A study conducted by the Families and Work Institute in May 2009 found that most companies (81 percent) are maintaining the workplace flexibility they offer during the recession and another 13 percent are increasing it. The question remains: to what extent are employers able to continue be good places for employees to work while dealing with these very difficult business survival issues?

The winners of the Alfred P. Sloan Awards for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility offer a unique picture of organizations that are finding this middle ground.

"From new forms of flexible work arrangements that minimize lay-offs, to creative cost-cutting that retains core medical benefits, to providing financial information and support to employees, these employers are braving the economic storm through innovative policies that prevent undue shock to their workplaces and their employees," said Ellen Galinsky, President, Families and Work Institute.

For the third year in a row, The Medical Center of Aurora/Centennial Medical Plaza is being honored for its commitment to work-life balance for all employees. The organization has an excellent benefits package that includes everything from health, dental and life insurance to concierge services for employees to onsite massage therapy. The organization also offers an extensive variety of education opportunities for its staff.

The Sloan Awards honor organizations of all sizes and all types in the metro Denver area and across the country that are using workplace flexibility as a strategy to increase workplace effectiveness and yield positive business results.

"We are honored to receive this recognition for our workplace practices again this year," said John Hill, president and CEO of The Medical Center of Aurora and Centennial Medical Plaza. "Our employees are our most valuable asset, as they are saving people's lives everyday. Even with a faltering economy, we must maintain the highest level of care. And first-rate employees provide exceptional patient care."

The Alfred P. Sloan Awards for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility are part of the When Work Works project, an ongoing initiative of Families and Work Institute, the Institute for a Competitive Workforce (an affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce) and the Twiga Foundation. Through When Work Works, these partner organizations provide research, resources, and recognition to employers nationwide. The project shares the results of research on creating effective and flexible workplaces that meet the needs of the 21st century.

Each of the 2009 Sloan Award winners will also be recognized nationally and will be featured in next year's edition of the Guide to Bold New Ideas for Making Work Work, published by Families and Work Institute.

Now in its fifth year, the prestigious awards program expanded its application base to organizations nation-wide for the first time in 2009. With the introduction of an "at-large" category and 30 participating communities across the country, any organization in the U.S. was eligible for the award. Applicants were evaluated in a rigorous two-step process, first comparing the employer's application to nationally representative data from Families and Work Institute's National Study of Employers, and then corroborating the employer responses through a survey of employees.

For more information about When Work Works or the Alfred P. Sloan Awards, please contact Shanny Peer at (212) 465-2044 x 217 or at speer@familiesandwork.org or Kelly Sakai at (212) 465-2044 x 211 and at ksakai@familiesandwork.org.