OFMQ Ranks in Top 20% Nationally for Workplace Practices

To Be Recognized at Oklahoma City Ready to Work Conference

Monday, October 21, 2013

by Melissa Hill


Oklahoma City, OK (October 21, 2013) – OFMQ, a non-profit healthcare consulting organization, is one of two Oklahoma-based employers to be recognized with the 2013 Alfred P. Sloan Award for Excellence in Workplace Effectiveness and Flexibility at the Ready to Work Conference at Remington Park in Oklahoma City on Friday, October 25th. The award puts OFMQ among the top 20% of employers nationally in terms of programs, policies and culture for creating an effective and flexible workplace.

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 across the country.

“We are thrilled to receive this recognition for our workplace practices,” said Gregg Koehn, OFMQ president and CEO. “OFMQ offers a rich benefits package, and we know our employees value programs like flexible and compressed work schedules and the ability to work remotely,” he said.

Workplace flexibility — such as flextime, part-time work and compressed workweeks — has been demonstrated to help businesses remain competitive while also benefiting employees. Flexibility in combination with other aspects of an effective workplace—such as learning opportunities and supervisor support for job success—can have a powerful impact on employee engagement and motivation.

“Our research consistently finds that employees in effective and flexible workplaces have greater engagement on the job and greater desire to stay with their organization. In addition, they report lower stress levels and better overall health,” said Ellen Galinsky, FWI president.

The Sloan Awards are unique for their rigorous, two-step selection process, which involves an evaluation of employers’ flexibility programs and practices, and a confidential employee survey on the key ingredients of an effective and flexible workplace. All applicants are measured against national norms from the National Study of Employers.

When Work Works is a national project to educate the business community on the value of workplace flexibility by sharing research and promising practices, and conducting the annual Sloan Awards. It is an ongoing initiative of FWI and SHRM.

For more information about the When Work Works initiative and the Alfred P. Sloan Awards for Excellence in Workplace Effectiveness and Flexibility, visit www.whenworkworks.org.

For information on the Oklahoma City Ready to Work Conference, visit http://www.okhr.org/ready-to-work-conference_id101.html



About Oklahoma Foundation for Medical Quality
Oklahoma Foundation for Medical Quality (OFMQ) is an Oklahoma City-based non-profit consulting organization dedicated to improving healthcare and improving lives. For more than 40 years, OFMQ has played an integral role in ensuring quality medical services through healthcare review, quality improvement and health information technology consulting, and public education.  We contribute expertise and resources to support national quality improvement initiatives, including health care policy and payment decisions. Our major contracts are funded through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services as part of Medicare’s Quality Improvement Organization program and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, through the Health Information Technology Regional Extension Center program. www.ofmq.com