Awards Honor Family Friendly Businesses in Arkansas

Science Applications International Corp. of McLean, Va., and the University of Arkansas were the big winners Monday at the 2011 Arkansas Governor's Work-Life Balance Awards held at The Peabody Little Rock.

Presented by the Arkansas Department of Human Services, the Work-Life Awards recognize Arkansas employers who establish and provide resources that support employees in balancing the needs of both work and family.

The awards program, created in 2002, recognized the following winners: 

  • Small Company Arkansas Power Electronics International Inc.
  • Medium Company - For Profit Transamerica Worksite Marketing
  • Large Company - For Profit Science Applications International Corp.
  • Medium Company - Not for Profit Arkansas Educational Television Network
  • Large Company - Not for Profit University of Arkansas 

Gov. Mike Beebe said companies that are supportive of workers' family needs see more productivity.

"I applaud these companies for finding innovative ways -- many of which are low-cost -- to help their employees find a balance between the demands of the workplace and the demands of the home front," he said.

Ellen Galinsky, president and co-founder of Families and Work Institute, presented the keynote address at the event. Galinsky co-directed the "National Study of the Changing Workforce," a comprehensive national study. She has also written the book, "Mind in the Making, The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs."

More Awards

Other winners and honorees at Monday's luncheon were:

Spotlight Award Winners

  • Central Flying Service, Inc.
  • Hutchinson Financial, Inc.
  • Southwestern Energy Co.
  • Vestcom International
  • Winrock International

Honorable Mention

Small Company

  • Anderson, Murphy & Hopkins, LLP, Little Rock
  • Bell & Company, PA, North Little Rock
  • Hutchinson Financial, Inc., Little Rock
  • Meadors, Adams & Lee, Inc., Little Rock
  • Syntel, LLC, Jonesboro

Medium Company - For Profit

  • AgHeritage Farm Credit Services, Little Rock
  • Medic One Emergency Medical Services, Jonesboro

Large Company - For Profit

  • McKee Foods Corp., Gentry
  • Northrop Grumman Information Systems, Little Rock
  • Nucor Yamato/Castrip Arkansas Steel, Blytheville
  • Vestcom International, Little Rock

Medium Company - Not for Profit

  • Delta Dental of Arkansas, Sherwood
  • Heifer International, Little Rock
  • Little Rock National Airport, Little Rock
  • Winrock International, Little Rock

Large Company - Not for Profit

  • St. Vincent Health System, Little Rock
  • University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock

Mature Worker Ambassador: Bank of the Ozarks

Mature Worker Award Winners

  • Arkansas Educational Television Network
  • St. Vincent Health System
  • White County Medical Center

New Ambassador: Cross Gunter Witherspoon and Galchus, which joins Ambassadors Baptist Health, Allied Therapy and St. Joseph Mercy.