Navy to Receive National Award for Work-Life Balance Programs

Story Number: NNS100510-06Release Date: 5/10/2010 4:22:00 PM
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By Lt. j.g. Laura Stegherr, Diversity Directorate Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Navy's Task Force Life/Work (TFLW) initiatives will be recognized May 18 by the Alliance for Work Life Progress (AWLP) through the organization's Work-Life Innovative Excellence Award.

Capt. Ken Barrett, director of the Navy Diversity Directorate and TFLW, will accept the award at the 2010 Total Rewards Conference, sponsored by WorldatWork, AWLP's parent company, in Dallas.

As the highest honor offered by AWLP, the Work-Life innovative Excellence Award was created in 1996 to showcase programs and policies that demonstrate excellence in enhancing and promoting work-life effectiveness while achieving organizational goals. Past recipients include Pepsi Bottling Group, Ernst & Young, Verizon Wireless and IBM. Competitors for the award are evaluated on their program's responsiveness to employees' needs, innovation in overcoming barriers to implementation, and measurable benefits to the well-being of employees.

The Navy's TFLW program began in 2007 to address the professional and personal development needs of Sailors and to enhance healthy life/work balance. Since its inception, several TFLW initiatives have been launched, including greatly expanded telework programs, flexible work schedules, paternity and adoptive leave, and one year deferment of sea duty for new mothers. The Navy's TFLW and quality of life programs have previously been awarded by both the Families and Work Institute and the Telework Exchange.

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Yeoman 1st Class Luis Lujan takes time to play with his son at a local park.
081115-N-9268E-008 ARLINGTON (Nov. 15, 2008) Yeoman 1st Class Luis Lujan takes time to play with his son at a local park. Lujan's wife Monico is scheduled to deliver their third child soon, and Lujan will be one of the Navy's first fathers to take paternity leave under the new policy authorized in the National Defense Authorization Act. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Karen E. Eifert)
November 18, 2008
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