Atlanta Office is a Flexible Place to Work
At an event on October 7, 2009, Booz Allen Hamilton’s Atlanta office was recognized with an Alfred P. Sloan Award for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility. The awards honor organizations that represent the nation’s best flexible work practices to support their staff and enhance their businesses.
Principal Phil Habuda, administrative professional Anna McParland, and Atlanta Workforce Leadership Council co-leads consultant Rose Ferguson and associate Van Hoo attended the event. Habuda accepted the award on behalf of the firm.
Senior vice president Lee Falkenstrom says, “Booz Allen’s success is based on our ability to attract, develop, and retain the best and the brightest. The Alfred P. Sloan Award confirms that our ‘Way of Working’ programs represent industry best practices, but more importantly, are highly valued by our employees. Today’s workforce faces many challenges, including achieving balance between demands at the office and at home. Offering programs and policies that provide employees with choice and options simply makes good business sense.”
“Booz Allen has a robust flexible work program, but it is our culture of promoting work-life integration that makes the greatest impact on our employees,” says Habuda. “Employees can focus on their work because they can adjust their schedules and are not sacrificing personal needs to grow their careers. They use telecommuting, flex work hours, paid time off, and leave of absence options to create the right balance for their individual needs.”
In a recent survey, 73% of Booz Allen employees favorably rated their ability to sustain balance between work and personal needs; 81% favorably ranked their flexibility in scheduling work so they don’t miss personal events; and 85% favorably rated benefits, including flex work policies.
The firm’s flexworkers stay connected through the FlexWork Forum and its virtual events, activities, and training, including career planning techniques, networking, and best practices. In addition, workplace flexibility at the firm has not been affected by a struggling economy; Booz Allen continues to provide job security, welcome new employees, and retain benefits and development programs.
About the Alfred P. Sloan Awards
Alfred P. Sloan Award winners are selected based on a comparison of employer programs with national data from the Families and Work Institute’s National Study of Employers. Data are then validated with input from randomly chosen employees. Employers are scored in categories that rank the flexibility they allow their staff regarding when and where they can work; their efforts to communicate available programs for managing work and family commitments; whether employees can set their own hours; and policies regarding time off.
story posted October 28, 2009