International law firm Dorsey & Whitney LLP will soon be honored with the 2010 Alfred P. Sloan Award for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility, the second consecutive year it will receive the award.
This prestigious award recognizes employers of all sizes and types in the greater Twin Cities area, and across the country that are using workplace flexibility as a strategy to increase workplace effectiveness and yield positive business results.
“We are extremely pleased to again receive this recognition for our workplace practices,” said Marianne D. Short, Dorsey Managing Partner. “We have long viewed our reduced-hour, flexible full-time, telecommuting and other flexibility policies as a cornerstone of our hiring and retention strategy.”
The Alfred P. Sloan Awards for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility are part of the national 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. WFC Resources, Inc. is the official When Work Works partner for the Twin Cities region.
The selection process is rigorous. First, employers’ flexibility programs and practices are measured against national norms from Families and Work Institute’s National Study of Employers. Next, employees are surveyed confidentially on their access to flexible work options, the supportiveness of the culture and on nationally tested measures of workplace effectiveness.
“As a recipient of the 2010 Sloan Award, Dorsey ranks in the top 20% of employers nationally in terms of its programs, policies and culture for creating an effective and flexible workplace,” states Ellen Galinsky, President of Families and Work Institute. “In addition, what makes this honor so special is that employees have corroborated this, affirming that it is indeed an effective and flexible workplace.”
Sue Van Dyk (Dorsey Diversity Co-Chair) and Jim Langdon (Dorsey Minneapolis Office Diversity Partner) will accept the award on October 7th, 2010.