A 25 Under 25 Small Business Award alumnus has earned a prestigious workplace award.
Travois (Class of 2010) has been honored with a 2018 When Work Works Award for exemplary workplace practices. The Kansas City business is the only company in Missouri to receive the honor this year.
Travois focuses on economic development for American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian communities.
The When Work Works Award is part of the Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM’s) When Work Works project, a national initiative that helps employers become more successful by transforming the way they view and adopt effective and flexible workplaces.
The award recognizes employers of all sizes across the country that excel at offering a variety of top-rated employee initiatives such as work-life fit policies, flexible scheduling and transition to parenthood programs. The award goes beyond work-life programs and includes initiatives that address the additional evidence-based aspects of effective workplaces, such as opportunities for learning, job autonomy and a culture of respect and trust.
“Motivated, devoted and creative employees are our most valuable asset,” Travois CEO Elizabeth Glynn said. “Companies need to invest in their most important asset if they want to succeed. Paying competitive wages, offering quality benefits, and supporting employees’ ongoing education are all a part of that. We love knowing our employees are happy.”
When Work Works includes a rigorous assessment that emphasizes the real-life experiences of employees and incorporates national benchmarks of employer practices from the National Study of Employers and the employee experiences from the National Study of the Changing Workforce. Two-thirds of an organization’s winning score is based on a survey of its employees.
“Winning organizations developed HR policies and programs to support and maintain this environment, and they are reaping the benefits with increased retention, productivity, and overall success for their investment,” said Lisa Horn, SHRM vice president of congressional affairs.