A few months back, Justin and Katrina joined some of our newest employees to celebrate FMYI’s 4th year in a row of winning the “When Work Works” Award for Workplace Effectiveness and Flexibility at the Family Forward Luncheon held at the White Stag Building in Downtown Portland. Not only were we happy to celebrate with our hard-working team members, but it was also inspiring to see what other local employers are doing to provide their employees with flexible and welcoming workplaces.
“It was motivating hearing about the impact flexibility policies have made with other employers in the region, and it was nice hearing other leaders tell their stories of nursing their children in peace at work, being a part-time student while working full-time, being a mother or having the option of bringing relatives and kids to the office,” says Justin Yuen.
The “When Work Works” Award Winners of 2014 were from 42 different states and the District of Columbia. They represent a variety of industries ranging from technology to manufacturing to finance to health care that are all proving how effective and flexible workplace practices can work in organizations of any size. The luncheon provided a time for all 18 companies in Oregon to be honored and recognized for their efforts to accommodate the busy lives of their employees and understand their needs.
“One of the biggest takeaways from the lunch was that workplace flexibility is good for business and the triple bottom line,” says Katrina Yuen. “Employers who trust their employees and give them freedom receive in return productive and well-rounded teams.”
There are always going to be areas for growth, such as addressing people’s unique needs and ensuring productivity and flexibility. FMYI is always looking for other policies that we can implement to make sure flexibility works for business and employees.
“It is important to us and we feel like we can always do more,” says Katrina Yuen. “We hope to encourage other businesses to jump on board with our level of workplace flexibility!”
To view the list of all 284 winning worksites, click here.