When Work Works


MORPC has been honored, for the second year in a row, with the 2014 Alfred P. Sloan Award for Excellence in Workplace Effectiveness and Flexibility for its use of effective workplace strategies to increase business and employee success.

This prestigious award, part of the national When Work Works project administered by Families and Work Institute (FWI) and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), recognizes employers of all sizes and types in the state of Ohio and across the country.

“Our diverse, talented team at MORPC is our biggest asset. In our work with Central Ohio's local governments, our professionals must meet high expectations across a number of fields and work above and beyond to achieve results,” said William Murdock, MORPC Executive Director. “By providing a flexible and supportive work environment, they can meet and exceed those expectations, be more effective for our members, and better balance work and personal life.”

The award is the result of a rigorous assessment. Worksites must first qualify in the top 20 percent of the country based on a nationally representative sample of employers. Two-thirds of the evaluation of applicants comes from an employee survey. Applicants are evaluated on six research-based ingredients of an effective workplace: opportunities for learning; a culture of trust; work-life fit; 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.

“These employers are making work work in innovative and inspiring ways and set an example for employers both nationally and internationally,” said Ellen Galinsky, president of Families and Work Institute.

“The When Work Works Award recognizes organizations that foster a culture of workplace flexibility and effectiveness, which gives them a competitive advantage. Their practices set them apart from other organizations,” said Lisa Horn, director of SHRM’s Workplace Flexibility Initiative.

When Work Works is a national project that shares research results on what makes an effective and flexible workplace with the business community. 

“It is an honor to work for such a great organization that promotes workplace flexibility and promotes a work place and home place balance,” states Deborah Murphy, MORPC Director of Human Resources.

For more information about the When Work Works initiative and the When Work Works Award (formerly known as the Alfred P. Sloan Awards for Excellence in Workplace Effectiveness and Flexibility) visit