4 Manchester employers win national workplace honor

Four Manchester employers have been named winners of the prestigious 2009 Alfred P. Sloan Awards for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility.

The winners — Dynamic Network Services Inc., Image 4, Child and Family Services and YWCA Manchester — were named by When Work Works, a national initiative recognizing effective and flexible workplaces. Winners are organizations that scored in the top 20 percent of a national employers’ survey; employees also were surveyed.

The local When Work Works project is part of the Manchester-based Family Education Collaborative organized by UNH Cooperative Extension, UNH-Manchester, YWCA and Child and Family Services to strengthen individuals and families in greater Manchester.

When Work Works is designed to help bridge the needs of Manchester’s working families and their employers, promoting healthier families and a more productive workforce.

“We are working hard to get the message out about the advantages of workplace flexibility to employers and employees. We are thrilled to recognize these exemplary employers in Manchester and New Hampshire,” said Sharon Cowen, UNH Cooperative Extension educator and director of the Manchester When Work Works project.

The Family Education Collaborative will present the Sloan Awards on Sept. 22 at an event at YWCA Manchester. The winners also will receive national recognition. – JEFF FEINGOLD/NEW HAMPSHIRE BUSINESS REVIEW