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Working class: three N.H. organizations honored for workplace flexibility.

Three New Hampshire organizations have received a 2011 Alfred P. Sloan Award for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility.

The winners--the University of New Hampshire, Portsmouth-based MeetingMatrix International and Manchester-based Families in Transition--were honored Sept. 21 in a ceremony at the YWCA New Hampshire in Manchester, which itself was a Sloan Award finalist.

The Sloan Awards recognize model employers of all types and sizes across the United States for their innovative and effective workplace practices. More than 600 organizations nationwide applied for the award.

Using a rigorous scoring methodology that uses national benchmarks and emphasizes the real-life experiences of employees on the job, the Sloan Awards honor organizations that are using workplace flexibility as a strategy to make work work better- for both the employer and the employee. Workplace flexibility includes flex-time, part-time work, teleworking, compressed work weeks, job-sharing and remote work arrangements.

"Employers that provide flexibility to their employees, with regard to where and how their work gets done, gain a tremendous financial benefit and competitive advantage in today's economy," said Dick Cannon, vice president for administration and finance at UNH. "With workplace flexibility, UNH is better prepared for challenging state budget cycles by taking advantage of cost savings and better positioned to deliver the highest quality and value education to our students."

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Title Annotation:New Hampshire
Publication:New Hampshire Business Review
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1U1NH
Date:Oct 7, 2011
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