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Plante & Moran awarded the prestigious Alfred P. Sloan Award
by Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — Plante & Moran, PLLC, the nation’s 12th largest public accounting and business advisory firm, has received the Alfred P. Sloan Award for Excellence in Workplace Flexibility for the second consecutive year.

“We are honored to receive this recognition,” said Chris Montague, managing partner of Plante & Moran’s Chicago office. “We believe that our ‘we care’ culture has been critical to our growth and success. We serve clients more effectively by having a staff that feels valued and makes clients feel valued in return.”

The Sloan Awards honor organizations of all types and sizes that are using workplace flexibility as a strategy to increase workplace effectiveness and yield positive business results. “Plante & Moran’s innovative workplace practices includes a ‘we care’ approach that provides a caring and encouraging work environment in which staff are given the training, mentoring, and personal flexibility they need to grow,” Montague added.

The current recession is proving to be a “game changer” for organizations in all sectors of the economy. A study conducted by the Families and Work Institute in May 2009 found that most companies (81 percent) are maintaining the workplace flexibility they offer during the recession and another 13 percent are increasing it.

The winners of the Alfred P. Sloan Awards for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility offer a picture of organizations that continue to be good places for staff to work while dealing with difficult business issues. “From new forms of flexible work arrangements that minimize lay-offs, to creative cost-cutting that retains core medical benefits, to providing financial information and support to employees, these employers are braving the economic storm through innovative policies that prevent undue shock to their workplaces and their employees,” said Ellen Galinsky, President, Families and Work Institute.

Plante & Moran is being honored by local award sponsor, Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, at the Chamber’s board of directors meeting on July 23, 2009. In addition, each of the 2009 Sloan Award winners will also be recognized nationally and will be featured in next year’s edition of the Guide to Bold New Ideas for Making Work Work, published by Families and Work Institute.

Plante & Moran is among the nation’s largest certified public accounting and business advisory firms, providing clients with, tax, audit, risk management, financial, technology, and business consulting, and wealth management services. Plante & Moran has a staff of more than 1,500 professionals in 21 offices throughout Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, Monterrey, Mexico, Mumbai, India, and Shanghai, China. Plante & Moran has been recognized by a number of organizations, including Fortune magazine, as one of the country’s best places to work.

The Alfred P. Sloan Awards for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility are part of the When Work Works project, an ongoing initiative of Families and Work Institute, the Institute for a Competitive Workforce (an affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce), and the Twiga Foundation. Through When Work Works, 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.

Now in its fifth year, the prestigious awards program expanded its application base to organizations nation-wide for the first time in 2009. With the introduction of an “at-large” category and 30 participating communities across the country, any organization in the U.S. was eligible for the award. Applicants were evaluated in a rigorous two-step process, first comparing the employer’s application to nationally representative data from Families and Work Institute’s National Study of Employers, and then corroborating the employer responses through a survey of employees.

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