Research shows that many women and their families are held back by outdated workplace policies and structures that don't reflect the challenges of our lives today.  

When Work Works

When Work Works aims to improve workplace effectiveness and flexibility in Kansas and Missouri businesses and with best practices that support employees and their employees’ families. It also includes an awards program to help businesses track progress and to recognize companies that set the standard for workplace effectiveness and employee support.

About When Work Works
When Work Works is a national initiative, led by 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.

Practices such as telecommuting, flextime, part-time work, job sharing, transition to retirement, and compressed schedules help employees meet their work and life responsibilities and help employers respond to the competitive global marketplace. Flexible workplace strategies boost productivity, increase employee morale, lower turnover and absenteeism, and lower overhead costs.

When Work Works Community Partners
When Work Works partners with communities and states around the country to:

  • Share rigorous research and employer best practices on workplace effectiveness and flexibility;

  • Inspire local employers to create more effective and flexible workplaces to benefit both business and employees; and

  • Recognize exemplary employers through the WWW Award and local community events.

Women’s Foundation is honored to be a When Work Works Community Partner. As the major outreach arm of the initiative, Community Partners connect community leaders from business, media and government to create change and make the community case for effective and flexible workplaces. 

When Work Works Award
The WWW Award program is national in scope, and recognizes model employers of all types and sizes across the U.S. for their innovative and effective workplace practices. It is a worksite-based award honoring organizations that are using effective and flexible workplace practices as strategies to make work work better—for both the employer and the employee.

Employers benefit by merely applying for the WWW Award as all applicants receive a free customized benchmarking report comparing their effective and flexible workplace practices to a nationally representative sample of U.S. employers. 

FREE Workflex Assessment  
Ever wonder how your workplace flexibility strategies compare against other organizations in your industry across the U.S.? Now you can find out by completing the free Workflex Assessment. Based on the prestigious When Work Works Award, this free online questionnaire will let you know how you stack up. It takes about 15 minutes to do and you get your score immediately upon completion.

Free Workflex Guides to Help Work Work!
If you’re looking for ways to make your organization more effective and flexible, When Work Works’ Guides can help! These FREE Workflex Guides are for employers who want to explore ways to reimagine with greater flexibility. 

Join the workflex conversation!
Follow us on Twitter @WomensFound, and also follow @WhenWorkWorks, and @SHRMPress.  To join the email list, contact us at:

2018 When Work Works Winners


  • Travois


  • CBIZ Retirement Plan Services

  • City of Merriam, KS



Questions about the When Work Works community partnership in Kansas City may be directed to:

Kendall Seal, Women’s Foundation
at 816-988-2006 or


Employers with questions about the When Work Works benchmarking and awards process may contact:

Lori Maher, SHRM-KC executive director
at 913-948-8623; or visit