BDO USA, LLP Recognized For Exemplary Workplace Practices

May 2016

Jerry Walsh

Chicago, IL – BDO USA, LLP, one of the nation’s leading professional service organizations, today announced that 40 of its offices have been recognized with the 2016 When Work Works Award presented to companies for use of effective workplace strategies that increase business and employee success.  This is the eighth consecutive year that BDO has been honored with this prestigious award (formerly known as the Alfred P. Sloan Award), administered by the Families and Work Institute (FWI) and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). 

The When Work Works awards honor organizations that have created effective workplaces based on six evidence-based components that are linked with positive employee and employer outcomes: autonomy; work/life fit; supervisor support for work success; satisfaction with earnings, benefits and opportunities for advancement; opportunities for learning; and a culture of trust.
The award is the result of a rigorous assessment. Worksites must first qualify by ranking 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.
“To be recognized with this award by the Families and Work Institute and the Society for Human Resource Management for eight consecutive years is powerful evidence of our firm's long-term commitment to our employees,” said Wayne Berson, CEO of BDO USA.   "These awards are especially gratifying because they use an employee survey as a major part of the evaluation process, which reinforces the value our people place on the flexibility we provide."
BDO was specifically cited for valuing work/life fit for employees and how it leverages flexibility as a tool for managing business and employee needs. The firm hosts virtual employee networks where employees can learn from each other, ask questions, and share ideas and resources.  For example, BDO USA’s virtual parents’ network provides live parenting webinars and chats for its employees around the country.
“These employers have excelled at creating effective workplaces yielding tremendously positive results for business success, as well as for their employees’ well-being and productivity,” said Ellen Galinsky, president of FWI. “Effective workplaces recognize that employees are an organization’s greatest resource and make a critical difference in the organization’s ability to not only survive, but to thrive.”  
In addition to the When Work Works Awards, BDO USA has been named one of the Best Companies by Working Mother magazine for five consecutive years and has been featured in the book, Future Work (Palgrave Macmillan,, as a leading innovator of how businesses can adapt and thrive in the new world of work by changing organizational cultures and work practices. 
About When Work Works
When Work Works is a national initiative, led by the partnership of the Families and Work Institute (FWI) and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), to help businesses of all sizes and types become more successful by transforming the way they view and adopt effective and flexible workplaces. When Work Works is one of the foremost providers of resources, rigorous research and best practices on workplace effectiveness and flexibility in the nation. The initiative administers the prestigious annual When Work Works Award, which recognizes exemplary employers for creating effective workplaces to increase business and employee success. 
BDO is the brand name for BDO USA, LLP, a U.S. professional services firm providing assurance, tax, financial advisory and consulting services to a wide range of publicly traded and privately held companies. For more than 100 years, BDO has provided quality service through the active involvement of experienced and committed professionals.  The firm serves clients through more than 60 offices and more than 400 independent alliance firm locations nationwide. As an independent Member Firm of BDO International Limited, BDO serves multi-national clients through a global network of more than 1,300 offices in over 150 countries. 

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