MIOSHA Program Recognized for Exemplary Workplace Practices; MIOSHA Awarded the Prestigious Alfred P. Sloan Award for Fifth Year in a Row

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October 11, 2012 - The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) is proud to announce that the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA), an agency of LARA, was awarded the prestigious Alfred P. Sloan Award for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility for the fifth year in a row.


MIOSHA was one of 23 winners in Michigan, and the only government agency, recognized at an awards ceremony today sponsored by the Michigan Council of the Society for Human Resource Management (MISHRM) during the MISHRM 2012 State Conference at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi.


This prestigious award honors organizations of all sizes and all types in Michigan and across the country that are using workplace flexibility as a strategy to increase workplace effectiveness and yield positive business results.


"We are very pleased that MIOSHA is again being recognized for their outstanding workplace practices," said LARA Deputy Director Rob Nederhood.  "MIOSHA provides an excellent example of how a public agency can create effective work practices to meet the needs of employees while providing the best service possible to their customers."


Applicants were evaluated in a rigorous two-step process, first comparing the employer's application to nationally representative data from Families and Work Institute's National Study of Employers, and then corroborating the employer responses through a survey of employees.


Each of the 2012 Sloan Award winners will be recognized nationally and will be featured in next year's edition of the Guide to Bold New Ideas for Making Work Work, published by the Families and Work Institute.


The 2012 Alfred P. Sloan Award Michigan Winners are:  Amerisure Mutual Insurance Company, Farmington Hills; BDO USA, LLP, Michigan; Brown & Brown of Detroit, Sterling Heights; Deloitte, Michigan; Dynamic Edge, Inc., Michigan; EDSI, Dearborn; Ernst & Young, Detroit; Farbman Group, Detroit; Greenleaf Hospitality Group, Kalamazoo; Greenleaf Trust, Kalamazoo; Image One, Oak Park; KPMG, Detroit; Menlo Innovations LLC, Ann Arbor; Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Michigan; National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Michigan Chapter; Peckham, Inc., Lansing; Michigan Professional Solutions Plus, Inc., Traverse City; ProtectCell, Michigan; Public Policy Associates, Inc., Lansing; Ryan LLC, Detroit; Special Tree Rehabilitation System, Detroit; Visteon Corporation, Van Buren; Warner Norcross & Judd LLP, six Michigan offices.


"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 FWI President Ellen Galinsky.


When Work Works is a national initiative, led by the partnership of Families and Work Institute and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), to help organizations of all sizes and types become more successful by transforming the way they view and adopt effective and flexible workplaces.  When Work Works is one of the foremost providers of resources, rigorous research and best practices on workplace effectiveness and flexibility in the nation.  For more information about the When Work Works project and the Alfred P. Sloan Awards for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility, visit www.whenworkworks.org.


Families and Work Institute (FWI) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization that studies the changing workforce, family and community.  As a preeminent think tank, FWI is known for being ahead of the curve, identifying emerging issues, and then conducting rigorous research that often challenges common wisdom and provides insight and knowledge.  As an action tank, FWI conducts numerous studies that put its research into action and then evaluates the results.  Its purpose is to create research to live by. For more information, visit http://www.familiesandwork.org and follow us on Twitter @FWINews.


The Michigan Council of the Society for Human Resource Management (MISHRM) is dedicated to providing service, leadership and development opportunities to human resource professionals in Michigan.  MISHRM is the leading voice for the human resource profession in Michigan and is pleased to have been chosen to lead this exceptional initiative that supports, encourages and recognizes Michigan companies in areas related to workplace flexibility.  MISHRM exists to provide opportunities for local SHRM chapters to network, share best practices, provide development opportunities to their members and act as a conduit to the Society for Human Resource Management.  Learn more about MISHRM at www.mishrm.org.


For more information about MIOSHA, please visit www.michigan.gov/miosha


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