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County receives national recognition for workplace practices

Contact: Lisa Ponder, Director of Human Resources, 970-328-8796 or

Eagle County Government has received the 2013 Alfred P. Sloan Award for Excellence in Workplace Effectiveness and Flexibility for its use of workplace flexibility as a strategy to increase employee effectiveness and organizational success.

The award, part of the national When Work Works project administered by Families and Work Institute (FWI) and the Society for Human Resource Management, is given to employers of all sizes and types across the country. Eagle County was one of seven Colorado organizations to be recognized.

“We are thrilled to receive this recognition for our workplace practices,” said Lisa Ponder, the county’s director of human resources. “We have long-time employees easing into retirement with reduced hours; parents of young children with flexible start and end times to accommodate work, school and day-care schedules; and employees working compressed work weeks to free up a day for appointments or simply enjoying the lifestyle many of us came here to live.”

Workplace flexibility has been demonstrated to help businesses remain competitive while also benefiting employees. According to Ponder, flexibility in combination with other aspects of an effective workplace, including learning opportunities and supervisor support for job success, can have a powerful impact on employee engagement and motivation.

“Our research consistently finds that employees in effective and flexible workplaces have greater engagement on the job and greater desire to stay with their organization. In addition, they report lower stress levels and better overall health,” said Ellen Galinsky, FWI president.

The Sloan Awards are unique for their rigorous, two-step selection process, which involves an evaluation of employers’ programs and practices, and a confidential employee survey on the key indicators of an effective and flexible workplace. All applicants are measured against national norms from the National Study of Employers.

“As a recipient of the 2013 Sloan Award, Eagle County ranks among the top 20 percent of employers nationally in terms of its programs, policies and culture for creating an effective and flexible workplace,” Galinsky said. “In addition, what makes this honor so special is that their employees have corroborated these practices.”

Eagle County will be recognized as a Sloan Award recipient at the national When Work Works 2013 Workflex Conference in October. For more information, contact Ponder at 970-328-8796 or at