Accenture, Ernst & Young and USAA Recognized for Work-Life Programs

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<strong>Scottsdale, Ariz. </strong><br />Alliance for Work-Life Progress (AWLP), an entity of WorldatWork dedicated to advancing work-life, recently announced the recipients of its 2008 Work-Life Innovative Excellence Award. Established in 1996, the Work-Life Innovative Excellence Award is the highest honor bestowed by AWLP to recognize organizations that have developed outstanding programs that exemplify the work-life element of total rewards. <br /> <br />This year&rsquo;s honorees are: Accenture, Ernst & Young and USAA.<br /> <br /><strong>Accenture &ndash; Future Leave</strong><br />After extensive research on retaining a multigenerational workforce, Accenture realized that the work experience needed to look past daily or weekly flexibility and address career flexibility.<br /> <br />&ldquo;Future Leave&rdquo; offers an innovative alternative to the traditional leave of absence. Under Future Leave, Accenture employees are assured of a job when they return, can continue their benefit coverage at the same premium and have the option of budgeting for the time away by having a percentage of earnings placed in a separate account. <br /> <br />The pilot program, introduced to more than 30,000 U.S. employees in March 2007, was adopted as an ongoing program in Accenture&rsquo;s U.S. offices this past January.<br /> <br /><strong>Ernst & Young &ndash; The Parents Network</strong><br />The Parents Network supports the needs of Ernst & Young (EY) parents of children with special needs. The increase in disabling conditions among children in the United States has major workplace implications. The Parents Network supports partners, staff and family members by offering a safe forum in which to share experiences, needs and concerns and receive support. <br /> <br />The network offers insurance advocacy; educational program awareness; referral to Web site resources, providers and local community groups; and sharing face-to-face, telephonically and electronically. They discuss career issues and personal and family adjustments related to parenting children with special needs. The experiences of these parents help maximize EY&rsquo;s investment in benefits and services for all its people. <br /><br /><strong>USAA &ndash; Personal Balance Tool</strong><br />The Personal Balance Tool (PBT) was developed in 2006 as a one-stop, Web-based resource to help USAA employees and their family members achieve greater work-life balance. Users access the tool anonymously and can easily identify all available benefits that can help them achieve their personal and professional goals and successfully meet responsibilities at work and at home.<br /> <br />Employees may choose whatever subject they seek to self-educate, including:<br /><br /><ul><li>Benefits information, USAA product information and other services.</li><li>Helpful articles and tip sheets.</li><li>Suggestions to manage personal and work priorities.</li><li>Guidance to address issues with a manager/supervisor.</li><li>Suggestions for seeking professional assistance, including the employee assistance.</li></ul> <br />Recipients will be honored at a special luncheon on May 20 during the WorldatWork Total Rewards Conference and Exhibition in Philadelphia.<br /> <br />Past Work-Life Innovative Excellence Award recipients have included: American Business Collaboration, AT&T, Capital Metro Transportation Authority, City of Honolulu, GlaxoSmithKline, IBM, University of California&ndash;Davis, Marriott, Massachusetts General Hospital, Sun Microsystems, United States Patent & Trademark Office, U.S. Army and Verizon Wireless. <br />

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