Family Friendly Businesses Honored at 2010 Work-Life Awards

The law firm of Cross Gunter Witherspoon & Galchus, Winrock International and the University of Arkansas were the big winners Monday at the 2010 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 employer -- Cross Gunter (gold), Arkansas Power Electronics International (silver) and White River Planning and Development District (bronze).
  • Medium employer -- Winrock (gold), Arkansas Educational Television Network (silver) and Delta Dental (bronze).
  • Large employer -- University of Arkansas, Fayetteville (gold), University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (silver) and Ernst & Young and Fayetteville School District (bronze).

Work-Life Mature Worker awards recognizing companies for their ongoing efforts to provide a work environment friendly to mature workers went to AETN, Bank of the Ozarks and Saline Memorial Hospital.

Work-Life Spotlight Award winners honoring organizations that provided exemplary strategies that support a healthy work-life balance included Arvest Bank, Bell & Co., Friendship Community Care, Helen Walton Children's Enrichment Center and McKee Food Corp.

Judges included Andrea Dobson of the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, Dr. James Marshall of the UA Cooperative Extension Service, Ed Wheeler of the city of Bentonville, and Darneshia Bell of Zero to Three.