The award recognizes employers who have created effective workplaces based on six components:
- work-life fit
- supervisor support for work success
- satisfaction with earnings, benefits and opportunities for advancement
- opportunities for learning
- a culture of trust
All are factors associated with employee health, well-being and engagement. The award is unique for its rigorous, two-step selection process, which involves an evaluation of employers’ flexibility programs and practices, and a confidential employee survey on the key ingredients of an effective and flexible workplace. Two-thirds of the score is determined by the results of the employee survey. Unlike some award programs, there is no fee required of firms to participate/be selected.
Below are some of the comments shared by leaders and staff who place great value on our culture of flexibility.
When my husband and I decided to start our family, DMLO was the perfect answer to my need for a flex schedule. When my son was a child, I worked only during the school year. As he’s gotten older, I’ve been able to increase and decrease my number of hours worked as needed. The directors I have worked for have always been accepting and open to the flexibility I needed. I have never felt that my schedule was a hindrance to them.
Angela Kimbel, Senior Manager
When I applied to an ad for a part-time job at DMLO ten years ago, I had no idea what a wonderful opportunity awaited me and my family. The flexibility provided by DMLO has allowed me to raise my two young daughters while still being able to advance in my career.
Bridget Taylor, Senior Manager
My parents experienced significant health issues this past year; as primary caregiver, the disruptions to my daily plans and schedule have been frequent and overwhelming. Were I not so fortunate to work at a firm that embraces flexibility, it would have been impossible to provide the care my family needed. The freedom and support to work when and where I can is priceless, and a key factor in my success. I feel valued, trusted, and respected, and that provides incredible motivation to give my best each day!
Delene Taylor, Marketing Director