ATG MIDPAC Receives When Work Works Award
By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Tiarra Fulgham, Navy Public Affairs Support Element West, Detachment Hawaii
HONOLULU (NNS) -- Afloat Training Group Middle Pacific (ATG MIDPAC) received the 2014 When Work Works Award for its use of effective workplace strategies to increase business and employee success at the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) Conference, held at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel in Honolulu, Oct. 10.

The When Work Works Award, formerly known as the Alfred P. Sloan Award for Excellence in Workplace Effectiveness and Flexibility, recognizes employers and organizations of all sizes and types in Hawaii and across the country that foster a culture of workplace flexibility and effectiveness, which gives them a competitive advantage.

"As a military organization with a mission involved around assessment and training, one of our biggest challenges is to maintain a balanced schedule," said Commander Timothy Wilke, commanding officer of ATG MIDPAC. "At Afloat Training Group Middle Pacific, we set our standards high, value our workforce and have created effective work-life programs so that success can be attainable by anyone who walks through our doors. We are extremely proud to be recognized by the Family and Work Institute and the Society for Human Resource Management."

To win, applicants must first qualify among the top 20 percent of employers across the U.S. Applicants are evaluated based on an effective workplace, opportunities for learning, a culture of trust, work-life fitness, supervisor support for work success, autonomy and satisfaction with earnings, benefits, and opportunities for advancement - all factors associated with employee health, well-being, and engagement.

"Those [employers] that won today actually represent some of the best employer groups throughout the nation in terms of their work flexibility and practices," said Stevette Santiago, SHRM Hawaii State Council Co-Director. "It's exciting to see that in Hawaii, despite all of the challenges that we have to maintain our workplaces, we had some outstanding employer groups that are doing really good things. I hope that employers will join us for next year's program and continue to work on their strategies and also look at different ways to be innovative to share with the rest of the world what we can do here in Hawaii."

According to the official website, the awards are offered to employers within the When Work Works partner communities, as well as to those outside of these locations as "at-large" applicants.

Afloat Training Group Middle Pacific's mission is to provide safe and effective training for Pacific Fleet ships. It assists commanders in assessing ships' training readiness and provides training necessary to meet basic training standards.
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