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Stanford’s WorkLife Office Recognized for Work-Life Effectiveness

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Stanford University’s WorkLife Office, a department of University Human Resources, is a recipient of the WorldatWork Alliance for Work-Life Progress 2015 Seal of Distinction for demonstrating leadership in workplace strategies that help employees achieve work-life effectiveness.


The Seal of Distinction is awarded every year to organizations across the country that support employees at work and at home. The overall strength of a company’s work-life portfolio is evaluated along with work-life programs, policies and practices in place within each of the seven categories of work-life effectiveness:

  • Caring for dependents
  • Health and wellness
  • Workplace flexibility
  • Financial support for economic security
  • Paid and unpaid time off
  • Community involvement
  • Transforming organizational culture


“In keeping with the spirit of Stanford’s founding family, we remain committed to supporting our community members as they integrate their work and life aspirations. We are honored to receive this award in recognition of all the comprehensive programs and services we provide that help Stanford families achieve a positive work-life fit,” said Phyllis Stewart Pires, Senior Director of WorkLife Strategy at Stanford.

“Stanford University believes in the role well-being plays in both employees’ lives and long-term organizational success,” said Anne Ruddy, CCP, WorldatWork president and CEO. “This year's Seal of Distinction honorees are an impressive group of employers that clearly understand the business value of investing in the people who do the work.”

This year Stanford was among 77 companies including Texas Instruments, Marriott International, Brown University, Northrop Grumman Corp. and Dow Corning recognized for innovative work-life initiatives and for being an employer of choice.

All 2015 Seal of Distinction organizations will be formally recognized at a gala awards dinner on March 18, during the WorldatWork Alliance for Work-Life Progress 2015 Future of Work Forum in Nashville, Tenn.

To find out more about the WorldatWork Alliance for Work-Life Progress Seal of Distinction, go to

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