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Emory honored for successful work-life programs

By Erin Long | Emory Report | Feb. 9, 2016

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For the fifth consecutive year, WorldatWork's Alliance for Work-Life Progress (AWLP) has awarded Emory University with the Work-Life Seal of Distinction. The Seal of Distinction is awarded every year to companies across North America that support employees in achieving success both at work and at home through effective workplace strategies and practices.

“We are delighted to be recognized with the Seal of Distinction again this year,” says Peter Barnes, vice president, Human Resources. “Receiving this recognition for five years in a row underscores and validates that Emory values the work and personal effectiveness of our faculty and staff.”

The AWLP Seal of Distinction assesses the seven categories of work-life effectiveness that comprise a best-in-class work-life portfolio in today's workplace:

  • Caring for dependents
  • Health and wellness
  • Workplace flexibility
  • Financial support for economic security
  • Paid and unpaid time off
  • Community involvement
  • Transforming organizational culture

“This recognition is a direct result of the work of the Emory WorkLife Resource Center which provides a variety of programs and services to promote and strengthen the work-life culture at Emory,” adds Barnes. “Its impact is both distinctive and visible and we are very proud of the Center’s dedicated staff who so earnestly engage our faculty and staff.” 

This year, Emory University was among 116 companies recognized for creating a workplace culture that supports work-life balance and for being an employer of choice. All 2016 Seal of Distinction companies will be formally recognized at a gala awards dinner on March 9 during the WorldatWork Future of Work Forum in New Orleans.

Audrey Adelson, manager of work-life and recognition, credits strong leadership support for Emory’s successful work-life programs.

“We are so fortunate that Emory’s leadership supports our work-life programs and initiatives,” she says. “Having that support has made it possible for our programs to grow to a significant level and be recognized nationally.”

For more information about WorkLife programs at Emory, visit: www.worklife.emory.edu.