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City of Fayetteville Wins Governor's Work-Life Balance Award

05/09/2012

Fayetteville is the first City governmental entity in AR to win this award

The Governor's Work-Life Balance Award celebrated its 10th year yesterday with an award ceremony at the Peabody Hotel in Little Rock. More than a dozen Arkansas employers were recognized for adopting exemplary strategies that support a healthy work-life balance.  The City of Fayetteville was the recipient of the Governor’s Work-Life Balance Award in the Large Nonprofit Category.  Fayetteville is the first city governmental entity in Arkansas to win this award.

Each year, employers that are considered for the awards answer an array of survey questions about the supportive benefits they offer. The latest survey shows that employers have made great progress over the last 10 years. From the start of this initiative, the number of Arkansas employers that said they offered flexible start/end times increased from 85 to 93 percent, the number of employers that said they offered compensation for military leave increased from 43 to 61 percent, and the number of employers with a work-life balance policy increased from 43 to 61 percent.

"When this program began a decade ago, the goal was to encourage employers around the state to look for innovative ways to offer benefits that made workers happy and increase productivity," said Governor Mike Beebe.  "The organizations honored here today are proof that companies can achieve balance in all aspects of their lives and retain skilled employees."

Partners in the initiative are Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, Arkansas Business Publishing Group, Arkansas Child Care Resource and Referral Network, Arkansas Economic Development Commission, Arkansas Department of Health, Arkansas Department of Higher Education, Arkansas Department of Human Services/Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education, Arkansas Head Start Collaboration Office, DHS/Division of County Operations, Arkansas Department of Career Education, Arkansas Early Childhood Commission, Arkansas Society of Human Resource Managers, Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce/Associated Industries of Arkansas, Arkansas State University, Arkansas Workforce Investment Board and Arkansas Department of Workforce Services.