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Detroit Regional Chamber Hosts Nationwide Workplace Flexibility Initiative Forum on May 7; Local Business and Policy Leaders Will Meet to Discuss the Importance of Flexibility in the Workplace and in Business Effectiveness.

DETROIT, May 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Detroit has been chosen as one of eight cities nationwide to participate in the "When Work Works: A Project on Workplace Effectiveness and Workplace Flexibility" initiative, sponsored by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation that includes forums where research results and business case studies can be shared with the media, business and policy leaders.

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As part of the initiative, the Detroit Regional Chamber will host a Business Forum on May 7, 2004 at 8 a.m. at the Downtown Detroit Courtyard by Marriott.

With participation from the Families and Work Institute, the Center for Workforce Preparation (an affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce), and the Center for Emerging Futures, the forum will feature keynote speaker Dan Mulhern, First Gentleman, state of Michigan and a presentation by work-life expert Ellen Galinsky, president of Families and Work Institute, on the importance of workplace flexibility as a crucial component of business competitiveness. An interactive panel discussion with local businesses will follow the presentation.

Research from the "When Work Works" initiative finds that working flexibly enhances employees' effectiveness on the job and benefits employers. Employees with flexibility are:

* More engaged in their jobs and committed to helping their companies succeed.
 * More likely to plan on staying with their employer.
 * More satisfied with their jobs.




Additional study data, as well as tips on working flexibly for companies, supervisors and employees, is available at http://www.whenworkworks.org/ .

Detroit businesses will be eligible for the Sloan Awards for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility, a new national award in collaboration with the Alliance for Work-Life Progress, Corporate Voices for Working Families, Boston College Center for Work & Family and The Conference Board's Work-Life Leadership Council to honor companies that have successfully used flexibility to meet both business and employee goals.

The eight communities chosen to participate in this initiative are: Brooklyn, NY; Providence, RI; Durham, NC; Chicago, IL; Detroit, MI; Dallas, TX; Long Beach, CA; and Salt Lake City, UT.

For more information or to register for the event, please contact Vonda Turner at (313) 596-0330.

The Detroit Regional Chamber is the leading business organization in Southeast Michigan and the largest chamber of commerce in the country with more than 20,000 members. The Chamber's mission -- to power the economy for Southeast Michigan -- is carried out through business attraction efforts, public policy advocacy, strategic partnerships and quality products and services for members.

Families and Work Institute is a non-profit center for research that provides data to inform decision-making on the changing workforce and workplace, changing family and changing community. Founded in 1989, the Families and Work Institute is known for ahead of the curve, non-partisan research into emerging work-life issues; for solutions-oriented studies addressing topics of vital importance to all sectors of society; and for fostering connections among workplaces, families, and communities. For more information on workplace flexibility and other issues, visit our Web site at http://www.familiesandwork.org/ .

CONTACT: Amy Hennes of Detroit Regional Chamber, +1-313-596-0367, Fax: +1-313-964-0531, e-mail: ahennes@detroitchamber.com ; or Erin Brownfield of Families and Work Institute, +1-212-465-2044 x210

Web site: http://www.detroitchamber.com/ http://www.whenworkworks.org/ http://www.familiesandwork.org/

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