When Work Works

Program Overview

When Work Works is a nationwide initiative to bring research on workplace effectiveness and flexibility into community and business practice. FUEL Milwaukee has organized When Work Works involvement among regional employers since 2008.

Program participants:

  • have access to national research and best practices on workplace effectiveness and flexibility,
  • get a chance to be recognized as exemplary employers through the Alfred P. Sloan Awards for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility, and
  • receive a free benchmarking report measuring their workplace flexibility standing among the nation's most contemporary companies.

When Work Works is a project of the Families and Work Institute in partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce'sInstitute for a Competitive Workforceand the Twiga Foundation, with funding from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.


Flexibility Research and Findings

The When Work Works initiative is grounded in the Families and Work Institute's research findings. National studies of employees and employers indicate that effective and flexible workplaces yield beneficial work and health related outcomes. In fact, employees in effective and flexible workplaces report:

•greater engagement on the job
•greater job satisfaction
•greater desire to stay with the organization

•better overall health
•less frequent minor health problems
•lower stress levels and fewer signs of depression

The Families and Work Institute provides further research materials and reports about workplace flexibility.

Best Practices and Success Stories
Innovative practices and ideas for creating effective and flexible workplaces are culled from winners of the Alfred P. Sloan Awards for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility and published annually in the Guide to Bold New Ideas for Making Work Work.


These practices have been made available to thousands of business and community leaders, policy makers, and members of the general public.

Apply for the Alfred P. Sloan Award

The Alfred P. Sloan Awards for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility recognize employers that are using workplace flexibility to enhance business and employee success. Companies operating within the Milwaukee Region and employing 10 or more people are eligible to apply.

The Awards, unique for their rigorous criteria, include an online survey/application and a confidential employee survey.

All award applicants receive a free customized benchmarking report (valued at $30-45K) comparing their effective and flexible workplace practices to a nationally representative sample of U.S. employers and to Award winners.

View a list of last year's winners from the Milwaukee Region.

Apply for the award through the Families & Work Institution. 

Application Deadline is April 16, 2012


For more information contact Corry Joe Biddle at cjbiddle@mmac.org or visit http://www.whenworkworks.org/
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