Intermountain Financial Group Recognized for Workplace Excellence in 2012

 

Awarded 2012 Sloan Award for Workplace Excellence.

 

Chamber Recognizes Utah Employers for Workplace Flexibility

Thirteen local companies have received the national Alfred P. Sloan Award for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility. They will be recognized for their use of flexibility as an effective workplace strategy to increase business and employee success. The prestigious Sloan award, presented locally by the Salt Lake Chamber Women’s Business Center, is a part of the national When Work Works project, which recognizes employers of all sizes and types in Utah and across the country.

Local recipients of the 2012 Alfred P. Sloan Award for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility are:

Employer Solutions Group
Aribex, Inc.
Jakob Marketing Partners
DigiCert, Inc.
Intermountain Financial Group
McKinnon-Mulherin, Inc.
1-800-CONTACTS, Inc.
Christopherson Business Travel
AAA Fair Credit Foundation
Stoel Rives, Salt Lake City
KPMG, Salt Lake City
Deloitte, Salt Lake City
Software Technology Group

The Sloan Awards are unique for their rigorous, two-step selection process, which involves an evaluation of employers’ flexibility programs and practices, as well as a confidential employee survey. All applicants are measured against national norms from the National Study of Employers.

“One of the most remarkable benefits of all our innovative technology is our ability to work more efficiently – even from home – avoiding wasted time in traffic while commuting to and from work, allowing flexibility for workers to balance home with work and accommodate all the different schedules now commonplace in our society,” says Lane Beattie, Salt Lake Chamber CEO and president. “Companies that accommodate their workforce with flexible work arrangements find themselves on the receiving end of dedicated and loyal employees. Our Sloan Award recipients for 2012 have demonstrated with their own actions and for our benefit just what it means to be a top-rated organization by creating that wonderful balance between employees’ needs and productivity.”

This year’s local Alfred P. Sloan Award ceremony, presented by the Salt Lake Chamber Women’s Business Center, will be held at the Salt Lake Marriott City Center at 220 South State Street in Salt Lake City. The ceremony is scheduled to begin at 11:00 on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012.

The Alfred P. Sloan Award for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility is part of the When Work Works project,an ongoing initiative of When Work Works, which is a joint partnership between Families and Work Institute and The Society for Human Resource Management. These partner organizations provide research, resources and recognition to employers nationwide. The project shares the results of research on creating effective and flexible workplaces that meet the needs of the 21st century.

Each of the 2012 Sloan Award winners will also be recognized nationally and featured in next year’s edition of the Guide to Bold New Ideas for Making Work Work, published by Families and Work Institute.

Read more: Utah Policy – Chamber Recognizes Utah Employers for Workplace Flexibility

Greg Williams is given Two Thumbs Up in the Salt Lake Tribune

7/27/2012 Salt Lake TribuneLearn More

The Salt Lake Tribune gave Greg Williams “Two Thumbs Up” and labeled him “a highly effective person”.
As written in the Salt Lake Tribune July 27, 2012:


What do you do when you win an award for serving your community? If you are Greg Williams, a former high school teacher who has since made a mark as a financial adviser for the Massachusetts-based MassMutual Financial Group, you direct the $10,000 prize to your old school district. The Jordan School District will use the money to expand the The Leader in Me program, modeled after Stephen Covey’s book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People to two more schools. As Covey, who died earlier this month, advised (Habit 4), everybody can win.

Greg Williams Wins Award and Donates Money to Jordan School District

7/18/2012 Salt Lake TribuneLearn More

As listed in the Salt Lake Tribune July 18, 2012:
Education » $10,000 grant will implement leadership program in Jordan School District.

Thirty years have passed since Greg Williams last walked the hallways of Hillcrest High School in Midvale as a teacher.
Williams pursued a career in finance after working as a history, psychology, and geography teacher and coach at the school. But he didn’t leave his passion for education behind as he climbed the ranks as a financial adviser for the Massachusetts-based MassMutual Financial Group.


Williams joined the board of the Jordan Education Foundation more than a decade ago, where he has worked to raise money for school activities and programs.

So when Williams’ company offered a contest of sorts to honor volunteers — with an award of $10,000 to donate to the winners’ favorite charity — he submitted an application.

Out of more than 5,000 people in Williams’ company, he was recently selected as one of 10 winners nationwide for his history of community service and success as a financial adviser at Intermountain Financial Group in Salt Lake City.
The $10,000 grant will be used to fund a program called The Leader in Me, modeled after Stephen Covey’s book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, at Silver Crest Elementary in Herriman and Southland Elementary in Riverton.

Twenty-two schools in the Jordan School District already have the program, which costs about $5,000 to sponsor at each school. The program is funded through donations from business partners and the Jordan Education Foundation.

The program incorporates The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and The 7 Habits of Happy Kids, written by the late Stephen Covey’s son Sean Covey, into the school’s culture and curriculum.

Students and teachers focus on such habits as being proactive, finishing work before play and planning. Children keep data folders with individual mission statements, goals, and academic scorecards and figure out what types of learners they are. Students then take classes in certain subjects based on their ability level.

“I think The Leader in Me program kind of permeates everything — the student, the teacher, the parent, the home and the community. It teaches values and it doesn’t focus on one thing,” said Williams. “I think it would have a long-term impact for the kids and the school. It changes their study habits; it improves disciplinary problems.”

Sandy Riesgraf, a spokeswoman for the Jordan School District, said school officials eventually would like to offer The Leader in Me program at all elementary schools. She said it’s exciting that Williams’ grant will expand the program to two more schools.
Williams said he’s pleased he won the grant and plans to continue his volunteer work with the district.

“I’m real committed to education and to the students,” he said. “That was how I started my career; that is how I want to continue in my career.”

mrogers@sltrib.comTwitter: @mrogers_trib

Greg Williams wins award, donates money to Jordan School District

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Education » $10,000 grant sponsored by MassMutual will implement leadership program.

By melinda Rogers

|  The Salt Lake Tribune

First Published Jul 18 2012 03:39 pm • Last Updated Jul 18 2012 03:39 pm
Thirty years have passed since Greg Williams last walked the hallways of Hillcrest High School in Midvale as a teacher.

Williams pursued a career in finance after working as a history, psychology, and geography teacher and coach at the school. But he didn’t leave his passion for education behind as he climbed the ranks as a financial adviser for the Massachusetts-based MassMutual Financial Group.

Williams joined the board of the Jordan Education Foundation more than a decade ago, where he has worked to raise money for school activities and programs.

So when Williams’ company offered a contest of sorts to honor volunteers — with an award of $10,000 to donate to the winners’ favorite charity — he submitted an application.

Out of more than 5,000 people in Williams’ company, he was recently selected as one of 10 winners nationwide for his history of community service and success as a financial adviser at Intermountain Financial Group in Salt Lake City.

The $10,000 grant will be used to fund a program called The Leader in Me, modeled after Stephen Covey’s book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, at Silver Crest Elementary in Herriman and Southland Elementary in Riverton.

Twenty-two schools in the Jordan School District already have the program, which costs about $5,000 to sponsor at each school. The program is funded through donations from business partners and the Jordan Education Foundation.

The program incorporates The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and The 7 Habits of Happy Kids, written by the late Stephen Covey’s son Sean Covey, into the school’s culture and curriculum. Students and teachers focus on such habits as being proactive, finishing work before play and planning. Children keep data folders with individual mission statements, goals, and academic scorecards and figure out what types of learners they are. Students then take classes in certain subjects based on their ability level.

“It think The Leader in Me program kind of permeates everything — the student, the teacher, the parent, the home and the community. It teaches values and it doesn’t focus on one thing,” said Williams. “I think it would have a long-term impact for the kids and the school. It changes their study habits; it improves disciplinary problems.”

Sandy Riesgraf, a spokeswoman for the Jordan School District, said school officials eventually would like to offer The Leader in Me program at all elementary schools. She said it’s exciting that Williams’ grant will expand the program to two more schools.

Williams said he’s pleased he won the grant and plans to continue his volunteer work with the district.

“I’m real committed to education and to the students,” he said. “That was how I started my career; that is how I want to continue in my career.”

mrogers@sltrib.com

Twitter: @mrogers_trib

INTERMOUNTAIN FINANCIAL GROUP/MASSMUTUAL RECOGNIZED FOR EXEMPLARY WORKPLACE PRACTICES

Local Agency Receives Prestigious Alfred P. Sloan Award for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility

 SALT LAKE CITY, UT—Intermountain Financial Group/MassMutual, the Utah General Agency of Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual), has been honored with the 2011 Alfred P. Sloan Award for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility for its use of flexibility as an effective workplace strategy to increase business and employee success.

This prestigious award, part of the national When Work Works project, recognizes employers of all sizes and types in the State of Utah and across the country.

“We are flattered to receive this national award, and hope to continue strengthening the bond between the company and our employees. We recognize that having a strong and healthy work/life balance is the key to anyone’s success,” Amber Dixon, Marketing Director said. “Our internal customers help make us successful, and we work hard to keep up the positive work environment to continue developing strong relationships with our employees, their families, and the community”.

Workplace flexibility—such as flextime, part-time work and compressed workweeks—has been demonstrated to help businesses remain competitive while also benefiting employees as well.

“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,” states Ellen Galinsky, president of Families and Work Institute (FWI), a research think tank on workforce and workplace trends that administers the awards.

The Sloan Awards are unique for their rigorous, two-step selection process, which involves an evaluation of employers’ flexibility programs and practices, and a confidential employee survey. All applicants are measured against national norms from FWI’s National Study of Employers.

“As a recipient of the 2011 Sloan Award, Intermountain Financial Group/MassMutual ranks in the top 20% of employers nationally in terms of its programs, policies and culture for creating an effective and flexible workplace,” states Galinsky. “In addition, what makes this honor so special is that their employees have corroborated this, affirming that it is indeed an effective and flexible workplace.”

Intermountain Financial Group/MassMutual will be recognized as a 2011 Sloan Award recipient at an upcoming event hosted by the Salt Lake Chamber. For details please contact 801-328-5048.

When Work Works is a national project to educate the business community on the value of workplace flexibility by sharing research and promising practices, and conducting the annual Sloan Awards. It is an ongoing initiative of Families and Work Institute first funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. In 2011, the Society for Human Resource Management and FWI formed a ground-breaking, multi-year partnership to grow When Work Works and help businesses become more successful by transforming the way they view and adopt effective and flexible workplaces.

For more information about the When Work Works project and the Alfred P. Sloan Awards for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility, visit www.whenworkworks.org.

ABOUT INTERMOUNTAIN FINANCIAL GROUP/MASSMUTUAL

For more than 157 years, local residents and businesses rely on Intermountain Financial Group (http://www.intermountainfinancialgroup.com) to help them secure their financial futures. The company significantly impacts Utah’s economy as seen in the numbers below (as of December, 2010):

  • More than 14,000 policyholders and clients1
  • Managing over $711 million in assets2
  • Over $3.9 billion in life insurance coverage in force3
  • Over $28 million of life insurance benefits (claims) paid4
  • More than $8 million in dividends to whole life policyholders5

The company has been in awarded the national Sloan When Work Works award in 2011, 2010, 2009 and 2008, as well as the Work/Life Award by the Utah Department of Workforce Services in 2010, 2008 and 2007 naming them one of Utah’s best places to work. The company currently has offices in Salt Lake City, Utah and St. George, Utah.

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*Securities and investment advisory services offered through qualified registered representatives of MML Investors Services, LLC. member SIPC.  (Salt Lake City Agency – 6340 S. 3000 E., Suite 500, SLC, UT  84121 – (801) 943-6277)

MassMutual Financial Group is a marketing name for Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual) and its affiliated companies and sales representatives.

Insurance offered through MassMutual and other fine companies.

  1. 1.            An insured, owner, or payer of a MassMutual policy or contract.
  2. 2.            Includes values of MassMutual and subsidiary insurance companies’ insurance and retirement products and investment products offered through MML Investors Services, LLC, a MassMutual subsidiary.
  3. 3.            Amount of individual life insurance in force as of 12/31/10 related to products issued by Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company and its subsidiaries, C.M. Life Insurance Company and MML Bay State Life Insurance Company.
  4. 4.            Amount of individual life insurance claims paid from 1/1/10 to 12/31/10 related to products issued by Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company and its subsidiaries, C.M. Life Insurance Company and MML Bay State Life Insurance Company.
  5. 5.            The amount of dividends to whole life policyholders in 2010.

 

ABOUT WHEN WORK WORKS

When Work Works is a leading national initiative to help businesses of all sizes and types become more successful by transforming the way they view and adopt effective and flexible workplaces. When Work Works is one of the foremost providers of rigorous research and employer best practices on workplace effectiveness and flexibility in the nation, and administers the prestigious Alfred P. Sloan Awards for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility annually, which recognize exemplary employers for using flexibility as an effective workplace strategy to increase business and employee success. www.whenworkworks.org @FWInews

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We Are a Finalist! Intermountain Financial Group Wins Sloan Award

Dear Amber,

It is our pleasure to inform you that Intermountain Financial Group, LLC has been selected as a finalist for the 2011 Sloan Awards for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility in the greater Salt Lake City area. 

To reach this stage, applications were measured against nationally representative data from Families and Work Institute’s National Study of Employers and had to score in the top 20% — at or above the 80th percentile of employers nationally.