Thursday, August 15, 2013

DCVB Wins Sloan Award for Fifth Time

While there are many aspects that make a workplace a great place to work, workplace flexibility is definitely a big factor. The Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau (DCVB) focuses considerable energy on this aspect of employment. 

As a result, DCVB is again being celebrated by The Families and Work Institute (FWI) and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) with the national Alfred P. Sloan Awards for Excellence in Workplace Effectiveness and Flexibility.  This award recognizes exemplary employers that have created effective workplace environments supportive of employees’ need for flexibility. This is the fourth consecutive win for DCVB and the fifth since the award's inception in 2005.

This prestigious award is only given to about 300 employers from across the United States, ranging in size from as few as 10 employees to as many as 240,000 employees, and they are found in more than 250 communities nationwide. The winners’ practices include traditional offerings such as telecommuting and more innovative approaches such as unlimited time off and allowing employees to control their hours.

“DCVB prides itself on recognizing the value of its employees," said Shelly Green, President and CEO of the organization. "People who have the flexibility at work are able to contribute fully to their jobs as part of the lives they lead.  In return for our flexibility, we get outstanding output from exceptional people," she added.

To be named a Sloan award winner, employers complete a rigorous process that includes a survey of employees and a comprehensive assessment of whether the employer maintains an effective and flexible workplace. Regardless of the size of the employer; innovative and generous work policies are a mainstay among the honorees. 

The winners will be featured in the 2014 Guide to Bold New Ideas for Making Work Work published by FWI and SHRM. DCVB will be honored on September 30 at the NC SHRM conference in Winston-Salem hosted by When Work Works community partners. For a full list of winners, click here.

The Sloan awards are part of the When Work Works program, a research-based initiative to highlight how effective and flexible workplaces can yield positive business results and help employees succeed at work and at home. When Work Works is a joint partnership between FWI and SHRM.

About DCVB
The Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau (DCVB) is Durham’s marketing agency. It is chartered as a Tourism Development Authority by the N.C. General Assembly and local governments to spearhead the proactive, strategic, visitor-centered economic and cultural development of Durham by reinvesting a portion of the visitor-paid “room occupancy and tourism development tax” in destination promotion and marketing.

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