Cross, Gunter, Witherspoon & Galchus, P.C. (CGWG) has been honored with the 2016 When Work Works Award. The award recognizes companies that incorporate flexibility as an effective workplace strategy to increase business and employee success. This prestigious award, part of the national When Work Works project administered by the Families and Work Institute (FWI) and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), recognizes employers of all sizes and types across the country. CGWG is one of only three Arkansas employers honored. The award is the result of a rigorous assessment. Worksites must first qualify in the top 20% of the country based on a nationally representative sample of employers. Two-thirds of the evaluation of applicants comes from an employee survey. Applicants are evaluated on six research-based ingredients of an effective workplace: opportunities for learning; a culture of trust; work-life fit; supervisor support for work success; autonomy; and satisfaction with earnings, benefits and opportunities for advancement – all factors associated with employee health, well-being and engagement. CGWG’s workplace flexibility has reaped rewards for both the organization and its employees. Satisfaction with flexible schedules translates into happier employees, a positive work environment and a competitive advantage when it comes to recruiting. “These employers have excelled at creating effective workplaces yielding tremendously positive results for business success, as well as for their employees’ well-being and productivity,” said Ellen Galinsky, president of FWI. “The 2016 When Work Works Award winners confirm that leading employers are continuing the movement toward effective workplace strategies that benefit both business and employees,” said Lisa Horn, director of SHRM’s workplace flexibility initiative. “These innovative strategies are what sets these organizations apart, allowing them to attract and retain top talent, giving them a competitive advantage.” For a list of winners check out this interactive map, which includes winning organizations by state. When Work Works is a national project that shares research results on what makes an effective and flexible workplace with the business community. To learn more, visit www.whenworkworks.org. For more information, contact Jennifer Chunn at firstname.lastname@example.org.