A record 77 employers have been honored with the 2015 Seal of Distinction from WorldatWork Alliance for Work-Life Progress.
The Seal of Distinction is designed to recognize employers who demonstrate leadership in workplace strategies and practices to help employees achieve success in work-life effectiveness. Recipients were honored at an awards gala at the WorldatWork Alliance for Work-Life Progress 2015 Future of Work Forum, held in Nashville in March.
The awards program began in 2012, recognizing 26 companies and organizations. Now, four years later, the Seal of Distinction has been awarded to 77 corporations and organizations, including 20 first-time recipients and 16 that have earned the seal all four years.
Applicants are evaluated on their work-life programs, policies and practices in seven categories:
The criteria help organizations compare their work-life offerings to best-in-class practices.
An AWLP analysis shows that Seal of Distinction applicants were nearly universal in specific features offered in their work-life programs. Common benefits affecting employees' work schedules included flex time, telework, paid leave and holidays, and short- and long-term disability. Common financial benefits included health-care spending accounts, tuition reimbursement, personal financial planning and 401(k) matches. Rounding out the list of frequently offered benefits were employee assistance programs and resource and referral services for child and elder care.
This year's Seal of Distinction recipients represent a wide range of industries. The greatest share comes from education, at 22%; followed by consulting, professional, scientific and technical services, at 13%; finance, banking and insurance, at 10%; and health care and social assistance, at 9%.
Recipients also vary widely in their numbers of employees, showing that both very small and very large organizations can implement outstanding work-life programs. The greatest share of Seal of Distinction recipients, at 23%, has 10,000 to 19,999 employees, followed by those with 100 to 499 employees and 2,500 to 4,999 employees, at 14% each.
Employers that have earned the Seal of Distinction all four years are:
Employers new to the Seal of Distinction rolls are:
Here are some highlights of Seal of Distinction recipients that go above and beyond the most common work-life benefits:
For employers already thinking of future Seal of Distinction recognitions, the AWLP analysis suggested opportunities that all applicants could consider adding to their portfolios. Less-common but potentially beneficial offerings include on-site or nearby programs for child and elder care; use of technology to establish "on-off" work boundaries; and the promotion of National Work & Family Month in October.
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