“When Work Works” Award Recipients Honored


Nine Employers Within Region Recognized for Family-Friendly Workplaces KANSAS CITY, MO — Nine employers from the Greater Kansas City and Springfield regions were honored on Tuesday as winners of the 2017 When Work Works award. When Work Works is a nationally recognized program designed to foster effective workplaces as a way of improving businesses and employee satisfaction. The City of Kansas City, Missouri, Society for Human Resource Management-Kansas City, and Women’s Foundation have been community partners of the award competition for two years. Since the first year, the region has seen a 250 percent increase in award winners. Te 2017 local When Work Works Award winners include:

  • Affinis Corp – Overland Park, KS
  • CBIZ Benefits & Insurance Services, Inc – Overland Park, KS
  • Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards – Overland Park, KS
  • Gig Salad – Springfield, MO
  • Lockton Companies – Kansas City, MO
  • McCownGordon Construction – Kansas City, MO
  • Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault (MOCSA) – Kansas City, MO
  • Ryan, LLC – Overland Park, KS
  • Tank Components Industries – Springfield, MO

“I’m so pleased with the response to When Work Works goals and the efforts of these outstanding employers from the Kansas City area,” said Mayor Sly James. “Our region continues to be a leader for innovative business operations that are also family-friendly so everyone wins.”

“These businesses and community organizations are working for change by demonstrating best workplace practices,” said Wendy Doyle, Women’s Foundation President & CEO. “We hope more businesses follow their lead by creating economic opportunity and promoting family-friendly policies, such as work-flex opportunities and earned family and medical leave.”

“Efforts like When Work Works show us that businesses and families can both benefit when policies allow employees to thrive,” said Stacie Engelmann, SHRM-KC Board Member, Past President.

According to Society for Human Resource Management and Family Work Institute research, effective workplaces are marked by features such as opportunities for employee learning, a culture of trust, work-life flexibility, supervisor support for work success, satisfaction with earnings, benefits and advancement opportunities, and the ability for employees to have input on aspects of their work responsibilities. These employers were exemplary of all these features.

Questions about the When Work Works community partnership may be directed to Kendall Seal at the Women’s Foundation, 816-988-2006 or kendall@womens-foundation.org.

SHRM of Greater Kansas City (SHRM-KC) is a professional association dedicated to the advancement and support of the human resources profession, keeping our members and businesses informed of progressive and competitive talent and business trends in the KC marketplace. Employers with questions about the When Work Works benchmarking and awards process may contact Stacie Engelmann, SHRM-KC board member, at 816.751.2230; or visit whenworkworks.org.

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