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AETN wins Governor’s Work-Life Balance Award

Posted 01 Jun 2009

AETN was one of only 19 employers recognized in this seventh annual ceremony, formerly named the Governor’s Family-Friendly Awards. AETN also received a Mature Workers Award for providing a work environment friendly to mature workers.

The awards are presented by the Governor’s Work-Life Initiative, whose mission is to recognize Arkansas employers for establishing and providing resources that support employees in balancing the needs of both work and family.

“Happy, productive and loyal employees are the most important asset that any company can have, and helping employees strike the right balance between work responsibilities and home life is not only the right thing to do, it’s smart business,” Governor Mike Beebe said. “It takes real vision to trust that instinct, even in tough economic times, and I want to thank [these] honorees for their leadership.”

The winners, based on number of employees, were:

Large Companies:

·        University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, gold.

·        American Electric Power/Southwestern Electric Power Company, Gentry, headquartered in Shreveport, La., silver.

·        3M, Rogers, headquartered in Ramsey, Minn., bronze.

·        Fayetteville Public School District No. 1, Fayetteville, bronze.

Medium Companies:

·        Arkansas PBS, Conway, gold.

·        Benchmark Group, Rogers, silver.

·        Delta Dental of Arkansas, Sherwood, silver.

·        Rich Mountain Community College, Mena, bronze.

Small Companies:

·        Cross, Gunter, Witherspoon & Galchus, P.C., Little Rock, gold.

·        St. Francis County EMS, Forrest City, silver.

·        Navigator Telecommunications, North Little Rock, bronze.

Companies that were nominated for the awards were asked to provide information regarding issues such as health benefits, work-time options and childcare assistance. If a company did not have formal work-life policies, informal ways of making the work environment as family-friendly as possible were taken into account.

AETN was honored last year with the American Psychological Association’s (APA) 2008 Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. One of five employers from across North America to receive APA’s workplace award, AETN won in the government/military/educational institution category.

AETN was also recognized by APA as a Best Practices Honoree for its effective use of planning and improvement teams to complete projects. AETN is one of only three national winners in the history of this award program to win both awards.

AETN won the Arkansas Psychological Association Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award in 2002 and 2006.

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