Would Your Company Win a Virtual Office Award?

SAN FRANCISCO—Would your workplace stack up to the criteria to win the Alfred P. Sloan Award for Excellence in Workplace Effectiveness and Flexibility? If you offer telecommuting, virtual offices and flexible work schedules, the answer could be yes.

The latest to win the coveted award is Riverbed Technology. Riverbed won the award for its use of workplace flexibility as an effective strategy to increase employee satisfaction and productivity. Riverbed offers several programs, including virtual office policies, flexible work schedules and leave time options. It seems to be paying off for Riverbed in more ways than one.

"This recognition demonstrates our commitment to keeping employees happy and engaged in the workplace, which also helps to improve productivity,” says Mike Guerchon, senior vice president of employee services and human resources at Riverbed. “We continue to retain and attract top talent because of our career advancement opportunities, benefits such as flexible workplace options, and of course our team of employees that continue to develop innovative technology that meets the needs of global organizations."

So what does Riverbed do, exactly? Here are a couple of key things that fall in line with our belief that virtual offices drive productivity and enhance work-life balance.

First, Riverbed recognizes that balancing work and personal time can be challenging and offers flexible work schedules to help accommodate hard working employees. Riverbed also allows virtual office work from home.

Indeed, Riverbed has invested millions of dollars in computer systems, hardware and software to accommodate remote access, employee self-service. Virtual office employees and mobile workers can access online portals for benefits, IT support and human resource support enhancing their ability to access key company resources.

"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," says Ellen Galinsky, president of Families and Work Institute.

"As a recipient of the 2012 Sloan Award, Riverbed ranks in the top 20 percent of employers nationally in terms of its programs, policies and culture for creating an effective and flexible workplace. What makes this honor so special is that their employees have corroborated this, affirming that it is indeed an effective and flexible workplace."


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