Mason Receives Award for Workplace Flexibility

Posted: October 31, 2011 at 1:02 am, Last Updated: October 28, 2011 at 3:09 pm

Mason’s Fairfax Campus is a recipient of a 2011 Alfred P. Sloan Award for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility. This marks the second year the university has received such recognition for its workplace flexibility practices.

The award is part of “When Work Works,” a national project on workplace flexibility and workplace effectiveness led by the Families and Work Institute.

In a letter announcing the award, the Families and Work Institute wrote, “As a recipient of this prestigious award, George Mason University has distinguished itself as a leading employer of choice that is successfully using flexibility as part of an effective workplace strategy to achieve business goals and benefit employees by helping them meet their responsibilities on and off the job.”

The selection process involved an evaluation of Mason’s programs and practices, as well as a confidential random survey of 250 faculty and staff members.

As a recipient of the 2011 Sloan Award, Mason ranks in the top 20 percent of employers nationally in terms of its programs, policies and culture for creating an effective and flexible workplace, according to the institute.

Among Mason’s flexible workplace policies are its support of telework and flexible schedules, as well as work/life balance.

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