iwin on the move
iwin intern, Hannah Legris, wrote about "Our multi-generational workforce" for January's Business Lexington work-life column.
In December's Work-Life column in Business Lexington, Jess Miller Clouser contributed this article,"Unpredictable scheduling brings added stress to the holidays for hourly workers".
Check out the Winter 2012 "thinkforward" to stay up-to-date on iwin happenings.
Nick Coomer, iwin research assistant, wrote this Business Lexington article,"Bingham McCutchen move illustrates challenges of employee relocation".
iwin's Jess Miller Clouser contributed this article to Business Lexington's Work-Life Column in October, "UK researchers partner with Thoroughbred industry to address worker health".
iwin hosted another successful Roundtable Meeting on October 10th and 11th. The theme was, Reinventing Leadership: From Hierarchy to High Performing.
Dr. Meredith Wells Lepley contributed this article in Business Lexington in September, "Pets in the workplace".
iwin wrote two articles for Business Lexington this month: "Exploring breast cancer surviorship and employment" and "Office spaces: is yours helping or hurting your business?"
iwin researchers featured in Lexington Herald Leader article in July: "UK researchers seek working women with breast cancer for study"
iwin's Dr. Meredith Wells Lepley most recent Business Lexington article: "Workspace personalization: clutter or meaningful personal displays?"
iwin's spring edition of "thinkfoward: News and Updates from University of Kentucky's Institute for Workplace Innovation." To subscribe to iwin updates email email@example.com.
Press release about Roundtable is distributed by the Lane Report and UKNOW, "Thought Leaders Convene on University Campus".
iwin featured on the front page of Lexington Herald Leader Business section on May 14th, 2012. The article, "Innovative UK Center studies, promotes work-life balance accross the state," discusses iwin and the Innovative Employer Roundtable.
iwin awards 3M Company as the first honoree of the Dr. Lee T. Todd Jr. Bridging the Gap Between Workplace Research and Practice Award.
Click here to view the press release.
iwin researcher Dr. Meredith Wells-Lepley was featured in an article in the LA Times for her research showing that bringing pets to the office can help relieve stress. Read it here.
Dr. Jennifer Swanberg was interviewed for a Working Mother magazine article, "Grow Your Own Leadership." Click here to read the article.
iwin's Dr. Swanberg presents the keynote address at the Considering Women in Advancing the Surgeon General's Call to Action Symposium in Greensboro, NC.
Dr. Jennifer Swanberg was interviewed by Tom Godell from UK Perspectives on University of Kentucky Public Radio, WUKY, about iwin's Creating Healthy Organizations: Promising Practices in Kentucky report. Listen here.
iwin's Dr. Swanberg, Jess Clouser, and Lee Ann Walton author a chapter entitled "Healthy Organizations in Kentucky: An integrated approach to promote employee health" in the 2012 Kentucky Annual Economic Report published by the Center for Business and Economic Research.
Dr. Jennifer Swanberg presents the keynote presentation, Creating Healthy Organizations: Promising Practices in Kentucky, at the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce annual Worksite Wellness Conference.
Dr. Jennifer Swanberg presents iwin's Latino farmworker research as part of the University of Kentucky College of Public Health's Grand Rounds.
iwin's Roundtable reached a milestone in January 2012. Gray Construction from Lexington, is the 40th Partner to join iwin's group of innovative employers. January 2012 also marks iwin’s 5th year in existence and iwin has met the goal of 40 Partners!
Dr. Jennifer Swanberg presents research on flexiblity for low-wage workers at the Society for Social Work and Research annual conference in Washington D.C.
Dr. Jennifer Swanberg along with Betsy Kiss, Senior Director of Workplace Stratefies at Marriott International, present on Business Value and Human Impact: Flexible Workplaces for Low Wage Wokers with the Aspen Institute Center for Business Education.
Lynn Bertsch presents information on organizational change management to the Kentucky Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences.
iwin announces its Dr. Lee T. Todd Bridging the Gap in Workplace Research and Practice Award. This Award will honor one company per year with a waived membership to iwin's Innovative Employer Roundtable. More information is available here.
Lynn Bertsch presents information on iwin to UK's Alumni Association in Louisville, KY.
iwin releases a monthly news and research publication, "thinkforward." Subscribe by clicking here to learn about opportunities, news and updates.
iwin's Creating Healthy Organizations report is receiving a lot of national and local press. Read the articles from BizLex, EHS Today, Graham Lowe Group, The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, Insurance Networking, The Lane Report, Newswise, NIOSH, Fox19, UKHealthcare, UKnow, and the Work and Family Research Network.
iwin receives a grant from the CDC to study working conditions for Latino Thoroughbred workers in Kentucky. This five-year research project will engage both industry and community partners to help reduce occupational illness and injury outcomes for this population. More info available here.
iwin releases its Creating Healthy Organizations: Promising Practices in Kentucky report, an extensive case study report highlighting Kentucky organizations that promote employee health through their organizational culture. It also introduces iwin's HealthIntegrated Model, a tool to help employers integrate health into their organizational culture and operations.
Read the report here.
Read the executive summary here.
Dr. Swanberg is featured in "For Hourly Jobs, White-Collar Perks" an article in The Wall Street Journal about how factories and other employers are seeking to offer workers more control over their schedules.
Lynn Bertsch provides the keynote address to the University of Kentucky Supervisor of the Year Award Luncheon.
Jennifer Swanberg discusses how to leverage the business case to improve low-wage workers work-life fit in a presentation to the Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina, Chapel-Hill, NC
UK Health & Wellness filmed iwin's game of office hangman, our fun way of encouraging active work breaks throughout the day. The video can be seen here. To see the official rules, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Families and Work Institute invites iwin's Innovative Employer Roundtable Partners to participate in its "The New Male Mystique" webinar, looking at current challenges men face in meeting work and family demands. An electronic copy of the report, The New Male Mystique is available here.
Dr. Swanberg is featured in "Work-life Balance Benefits Low-Wage Workers, Employers" an article in Miller-McCune about the myriad business and employee benefits of offering flexibility to low-wage, hourly workers.
Dr. Swanberg and UK Work-Life are featured in "Balancing Work/Life by the Hour," an article in Human Resource Executive Online about strategies to extend flexible work arrangements to hourly workers.
Dr. Jennifer Swanberg and co-presenter Liz Watson participate in a webcast hosted by The New America Foundation, Understanding the Scheduling Challenges Facing Low-Wage Workers.
Dr. Jennifer Swanberg and Liz Watson, authors of the report, "Flexible Workplace Solutions for Low-Wage Hourly Workers: A Framework for a National Conversation," release a podcast where they discuss the report's findings and implications. Listen to it here.
Jennifer Swanberg is featured by her alma mater, Heller School of Public Policy and Management at Brandeis. Read it here.
iwin and Workplace Flexibility 2010 release the report “Flexible Workplace Solutions for Low-Wage Hourly Workers: A Framework for a National Conversation.” Read the press release here; the executive summary here; and the final report here.
iwin announces the creation of the Dr. Lee T. Todd, Jr. Bridging the Gap Between Workplace Research and Practice Award. The award, described here, will honor an innovative company annually with complimentary membership in the Innovative Employer Roundtable.
iwin's Dr. Meredith Wells-Lepley has been a regular guest-lecturer this semester in Dr. Allison Caofficerll's course, ID 370: Interior Design Vertical Studio at UK. Her lecture topics have included Psychology at Work: The Role of the Physical Environment and Organizational Culture: The Competing Values Framework and the Organizational Culture Assessment Index (OCAI).
iwin and Workplace Flexibility 2010 announce the upcoming release of a report, “Flexible Workplace Solutions for Low-Wage Hourly Workers: A Framework for a National Conversation.” Read the press release here.
Dr. Swanberg becomes a member of the Employee Policy Research Network. The Network represents a diverse group of more than 100 academic researchers from more than 30 universities around the country who share a deep interest and concern about the state of work and employment in the United States and around the world.
Dr. Jennifer Swanberg and Kentucky companies are featured in the report Improving Work-Life Fit in Hourly Jobs, published by the Center for WorkLife Law at the University of California Hastings College of the Law.
iwin welcomes Stephanie Shaw to its team as Employer Engagement Assistant. Learn more about Stephanie here.
iwin welcomes its 35th Innovative Employer Roundtable Partner, GE. Read about the Roundtable here.
iwin partners with Corporate Voices for Working Families in their National Workplace Flexibility Campaign. As an Outreach Partner, iwin is reaching out to businesses to sign the Statement of Support for Expanding Workplace Flexibility. By signing the Statement of Support, businesses express their support for flexibility principles in their organizations and in the wider business community. Read about the campaign here.
Jennifer Swanberg participates in the White House's Focus on Flexibility conference, which focused on the demographic and economic changes transforming work and family, as well as effective business practices and practical public policy solutions to support workplace flexibility.
Jennifer Swanberg briefs policy advisors at the US Dept of Labor and Women's Bureau on flexibility for low-wage workers.
Lynn Bertsch presents at the Bluegrass SHRM's chapter meeting. Details on her presentation, Employee Engagement, 21st Century Style here.
Jess Miller presents research findings from the Latino Farmworker Health Project at the American Public Health Association's annual conference focusing on Social Justice.
iwin welcomes its 32nd and 33rd Partners to the Innovative Employer Roundtable: Kentucky Community & Technical College System and Hilliard Lyons. Afull list of Partners is available here.
iwin becomes an approved provider for Bluegrass State Skills Corp trainings. Search their database here.
Jennifer Swanberg is honored at UK Work-Life Supervisor of the Year Luncheon. For info about the winner and nominees for the 2010 Supervisor of the Year Award visit the website. To view a video stream of the event click here (see minute 31.15 for Jennifer's recognition).
iwin hosts is largest Roundtable to date with 65 attending employer partners! Details on the Roundtable here.
iwin's Meredith Wells-Lepley presents on "Creating Healthy Workplaces" at the KY SHRM 26th annual conference. Details here.
iwin's Lynn Bertsch presents at the KY Society for Certified Public Accountants meeting. Details here.
iwin's Lynn Bertsch presents about iwin at the Kentucky Apprenticeship Conference.
The Alfred P. Sloan Awards for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility recognize 32 Kentucky companies for their innovative workplace practices around workplace flexibility. Details here.
iwin's Jennifer Swanberg is interviewed for an article, "Fighting the Myth: Old Dog No New Tricks," about the value older workers bring to the workplace. Read it here.
iwin welcomes Meredith Wells-Lepley, PhD to its team as Research Consultant.
iwin welcomes Denise Emmert to its team as Project Coordinator.
iwin wishes its acclaimed project coordinator, Meghan Purdy, good luck as she embarks on her graduate degree schooling. She was honored with a cake baked and decorated by iwin staff. Pictures available here.
iwin's Lynn Bertsch presents at the Kentucky SHRM Virtual Symposium: We Know Next.
iwin's Jennifer Swanberg is an invited discussant at the Alfred P. Sloan's Workplace Flexibility: A means to an important end in New York.
iwin's Lynn Bertsch presents at the Kentucky Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration's conference: Healthcare, Social Media and Human Resources, What's Next?
iwin's Jennifer Swanberg is interviewed by Newsweek, discussing why companies are moving toward flex scheduling. Read the article here.
iwin's Jennifer Swanberg and Jess Miller present research findings from the Latino Farmworker Health Project at the National Institute for Farm Safety conference in Wilmington, NC. Read about the project here.
The Lexington Herald-Leader promotes iwin's Kentucky Aging Workforce Study. Through the summer, iwin is recruiting retail, manufacturing, professional services, hospitality and non-profit industry representatives to participate in focus groups. For more info, click here.
iwin begins collecting data for a white paper on cultures of health and wellness fostered by Kentucky companies. For more information about this project, click here.
iwin's Jess Miller writes in Business Lexington about why and how businesses can implement flexible work arrangements during the World Equestrian Games. Read it here.
Fifty-six Kentucky organizations are named finalists for the Alfred P. Sloan Awards for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility. As the Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer reports, five were from the Greater Owensboro Area. Read it here.
iwin concludes its largest Innovative Employer Roundtable to date with over 45 attendees at UK's Hilary J. Boone Center. For more information about the Roundtable, click here.
iwin's staff becomes certified in the Center for Creative Leadership Assessment Suite. For more information about iwin's employee assessment offerings, please click here.
iwin's Lee Ann Walton and Sturgill, Turner, Barker & Moloney's Phil Moloney are interviewed by WKYT about iwin and the Alfred P. Sloan Awards for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility. Watch it here.
iwin's Dr. Jennifer Swanberg presents at the Society for Human Resource Managers' Benefits Bootcamp on April 20, 2010. Her presentation describes flexibility within the broader context of innovative workplaces. Read about the bootcamp here.
iwin's Jess Miller attends the first ever National Action Summit for Latino Worker Safety in Houston, TX. More information about this historic summit, sponsored by the DOL, OSHA, NIOSH and NIEHS, is available here.
iwin's Jennifer Swanberg gives a lecture entitled "Workplace Flexibility for Low-Wage Workers: Benefits for Employees and Employers" at University of Massachusetts Amherst's Tay Gavin Erickson Lecture Series. Details here.
iwin's Lynn Bertsch is interviewed by WTVQ 36 about iwin and about the Alfred P. Sloan Awards for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility. Watch the interview here.
iwin's executive Director, Jennifer Swanberg is one of a small group of researchers and policy experts invited to participate in the White House Forum on Workplace Flexibility. Dr. Swanberg will present her research on flexibility for low wage hourly workers in order to inform national policy on the topic. Press release available here.Videos of all the breakout sessions available here.
iwin publishes research results from its UK Flexibility Study. Information on the project and access to the full report, University of Kentucky Workplace Supervisor Study are available here.
NPR publishes a three-part series on the end of the 9-5 workplace. Nine to Five No More details the benefits and barriers to workplace flexibility, but ultimately concludes, like iwin, that it is business imperative. Listen to it here:
Nine-to-Five No More: New Shifts for Labor (Series Preview)
Results Only Work Environment (ROWE)
Family-Friendly Shift Work
The KY Post, in Northern Kentucky, discusses iwin, workplace flexibility and Sloan Awards. Read it here.
iwin releases its first white paper on Creating Innovative Workplaces. Read it here.
Jennifer Swanberg attends the National Council on Aging Conference on behalf of iwin to receive the Elinda and Stephen Wing Intergenerational Internship Award. This award will support a young researcher’s work on issues salient to older workers. iwin will utilize this award to jumpstart its Kentucky Aging Workforce Study.Read about the study here.
iwin's Lee Ann Walton is interviewed by Owensboro's 71 monthly magazine about iwin and its involvement in promoting the Alfred P. Sloan Awards in Kentucky. Watch the interview here.
iwin's Lynn Bertsch is interviewed by the Bowling Green Area's Chamber Monthly Magazine about the business advantages of applying for the Alfred P. Sloan Awards for workplace flexibility. Watch the interview here.
iwin's Lee Ann Walton publishes an article, "Innovation on a Dime" about the Alfred P. Sloan Awards in Business Lexington. Read it here.
iwin promotes the Alfred P. Sloan Awards in Western Kentucky. Read a press release about our efforts here.
iwin's Dr. Jennifer Swanberg and Jess Miller recently presented preliminary research findings at an ASHCA-NIOSH conference on protecting agricultural workers. Read about their research project here.
iwin's welcomes Lisa Gilbert Williams to its team as Manager of Operations.
iwin's Lee Ann Walton recently attended a When Work Works conference in Washington, DC. Through promoting and facilitating the Alfred P. Sloan Awards in KY, iwin helps advance KY's business community and economic development.
iwin moves its office to downtown Lexington!
iwin executive director, Dr. Jennifer Swanberg, presents research on flexibility for low-wage workers at the Boston College Center for Work & Family National Work & Family Roundtable Fall Meeting.
iwin honors Kentucky winners of the Alfred P. Sloan Award for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility at the governor's mansion in Frankfort. This event is part of a national When Work Works initiative; iwin led Kentucky's statewide When Work Works campaign.
iwin's executive director, Dr. Jennifer Swanberg collaborates with WorldatWork Research on a research study looking at Flexible Work Arrangements for Nonexempt Employees.
The New America Foundation talks about the Citisales Study on its Early Education blog. Read it here.
iwin's Employer Engagement team presents at the sold out KY Governor's Equal Employment Opportunity Conference in Frankfort, KY. View presentations slides here.
iwin's executive director, Dr. Jennifer Swanberg, presents research in Washington, D.C. at a panel discussion hosted by the New America Foundation and Workplace Flexibility 2010 on workplace flexibility for low-wage workers. You can stream a video of the presentation and panel discussion here.
iwin's executive director, Dr. Jennifer Swanberg meets with select researchers at Cornell University's Innovative Work & Family Strategies conference in Ithaca, NY.
iwin partners with KY SHRM to offer Innovative Employer Development Series of webinars. Read the UK press release here:
iwin receives a grant from the Southeast Center for Agricultural Health and Injury Prevention to study Latino Farmworker Health and the work environment in the Bluegrass.
iwin hosts its spring Innovative Employer Roundtable Meeting at the Hilary J. Boone Center in Lexington, KY. Keynote speaker, Cali Yost helped Roundtable Partners build workplace cultures of flexibility.
iwin's manager of operations, Laura Flowers is interviewed by the Lexington Herald-Leader about When Work Works and the Alfred P. Sloan Awards. Read the article here.
iwin's executive director, Dr. Jennifer Swanberg, presents research at the International Community Work and Family's 2009 conference in Utrecht, the Netherlands. Her presentation, entitled Workplace flexibility for low-wage workers: Is there a business case? looks at workplace flexibility as implemented at a national retail firm.
iwin's manager of operations, Laura Flowers is interviewed by LEX18 about iwin's involvement in taking the When Work Works initiative statewide.
KET's Bill Goodman interviews iwin's executive director, Dr. Jennifer Swanberg on One to One. Included in the interview is a discussion on the importance of workplace flexibility and other creative solutions for attracting and retaining talent. Watch the interview here.
iwin's executive director, Dr. Jennifer Swanberg presents at the Society for Industrial Organizational Psychology's 2009 conference in New Orleans, LA.
Experience Life magazine quotes iwin executive director, Dr. Jennifer Swanberg, in "Reinventing the Way We Work," an article about work-life balance for employees and the related positive results for the companies that employ them.
iwin's executive director, Dr. Jennifer Swanberg presents at the University of Chicago's School of Social Service Administration's 2009 Symposium entitled: Putting Research To Work: Improving Low-Wage Jobs and Public Policies to Support Vulnerable Workers
The Wall Street Journal quotes iwin's executive director, Dr. Jennifer Swanberg in an article about preparing for extended leave.
iwin's Mamta Ojha presents at the Society for Social Work Research's annual conference in New Orleans on the work and family factors that create strain for immigrant workers.
Presentation slides available here.
iwin's executive director, Dr. Jennifer Swanberg is asked to participate--as a national leader in work and family research-- in the Kentucky Psychological Association's Conference on the changing social, economic, health, and political realities of work and family.
iwin, UK's President Todd and Central Bank's Luther Deaton host an Executive Breakfast in Louisville, Kentucky.
iwin hosts its second Innovative Employer Roundtable Meeting at the Frazier Museum in downtown Louisville with 15 participating Roundtable Partners.
iwin hires Lee Ann Walton as its Partner Relations Specialist
iwin's executive director, Dr. Jennifer Swanberg, attends the Alliance for Work-LifeProgress's work-life/future of work retreat sponsored by Accenture. She is one of only twenty national leaders invited.
iwin hosts an awards breakfast to honor local winners of the prestigious Alfred P. Sloan Award for Workplace Flexibility. Five Roundtable Partners are recognized.
Mac Werner presents the findings from the Bluegrass Entrepreneurial Environment Study to the Lexington Venture Club. See presentation slides here.
Kentucky Personnel Cabinet partners with iwin by joining the Innovative Employer Roundtable, bringing the total number of Roundtable Partners to 13.
Dr. Jennifer Swanberg presents"Workplace Structure and its Impact on Hourly Workers and their Families," an analysis of low-wage hourly workers and their access to flexible workplace options at the Working for Change: A Conversation on Workplace Flexibility, Business Practice and Public Policy, hosted by the Sloan Foundation at Georgetown Law in Washington, D.C. Watch her presentation here.
iwin hosts its first Innovative Employer Roundtable Meeting at Central Bank in Lexington, KY, with 10 participating companies.
The Lane Report publishes "Flexibility Engages Employees," an article dedicated to Dr. Jennifer Swanberg's and iwin's research on workplace flexibility and effective workplaces. Read the article here.
The Citisales Study, a series of nine issue briefs based on a multi-method research project that examines the individual and organizational effects of quality workplaces on hourly and older workers is released.
iwin hosts an informational breakfast in Lexington, KY to promote the Alfred P. Sloan Awards for Flexibility and to encourage local businesses to apply for this prestigious award as part of their When Work Works initiative.
Dr. Jennifer Swanberg Chairs the Workforce Diversities, Workplace Complexities: Promoting Positive Health and Business Outcomes session at the American Psychological Association's Work, Stress and Health 2008 Conference: Healthy and Safe Work Through Research, Practice and Partnerships in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Jennifer Swanberg and Mamta Ohja present "Responsive Workplaces for Workers in Lower-Wage Hourly Jobs: Positive Benefits for Workers and Employers" at the Society for Social Work Research Conference in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Jennifer Swanberg presents"Creating Meaningful Work to Promote Employee Engagement" at the 2008 Conference Board on How We Work and Live Today: The Impact on Employee Engagement and Talent Management in Atlanta, GA.
Dr. Jennifer Swanberg collaborates with Leigh Ann Simmons to publish"Quality Jobs in the New Millenium: Incorporating Flexible Workplace Options as a Strategy to Assist Working Families."
iwin hires Lynn Bertsch as Director of Employer Engagement.
Lexington is named one of 30 cities to participate in When Work Works, a national initiative to highlight the importance of workplace flexibility as a strategy to enhance businesses' competitive advantage in the global economy and to help both employers and employees succeed.
iwin's executive director, Dr. Jennifer Swanberg, is among the nation's top experts invited to gather in Park City, UT to discuss workplace flexibility. The event, sponsored by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the Alliance for Work-Life Progress, brings together leaders from private industry and higher education that pursue flexible workplace solutions within their organizations.
Dr. Swanberg and Jody Levin-Epstein, Deputy Director and Senior Policy Analyst with the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) present research on job quality, employee engagement and health at the Louisville Center for Health Equity. See the presentation slides here.
Dr. Swanberg and Mac Werner along with representatives from Humana and Woodward, Hobson & Fulton, LLP are guests on WFPL - National Public Radio's €śState of Affairs" to discuss employer best practices.
iwin's executive director, Dr. Jennifer Swanberg, presents her research on hourly workers to attendees at Corporate Voices for Working Families annual conference in Washington, DC. See the presentation slides here.
iwin Research Associate, Mac Werner, graduates from Leadership Lexington, a leadership development program sponsored by Commerce Lexington.
iwin team celebrates the release of, €śMaking Workplaces Work: Employer Best Practices in Kentucky", a compendium of employer best practices in seven areas of innovation, at Dr. and Mrs. Lee T. Todd's home.
link to article about the release
Dr. Swanberg receives continued funding from the Ford Foundation to continue her workplace-based research on quality work environments for hourly workers employed with a national retail firm.
Dr. Swanberg presents paper,"Responsive Workplace for Lower-wage, Hourly Workers: Factors Predictive of Employee Engagement" at the International Work-Life Conference in Lisbon, Portugal. See presentation slides here.
Dr. Swanberg is recognized by Alliance for Work-Life Progress as one of the Rising Stars in the field of advancing work-life effectiveness.
link to press release
University of Kentucky Board of Trustees approves the establishment of the Institute for Workplace Innovation.
link for press release