ACC Receives Prestigious When Work Works Award for Exemplary Workplace Practices

Global Legal Association Ranks in Top 20 Percent of Employers Nationally for Workplace Culture and Benefits

Posted: Jun 22, 2016

WASHINGTON (June 22, 2016) – The Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC), a global legal association representing more than 40,000 in-house counsel employed by over 10,000 organizations in 85 countries, today announced it has been honored as a recipient of the 2016 When Work Works Award for its use of innovative workplace strategies to increase business and employee success.

Part of the national When Work Works initiative administered by the Families and Work Institute (FWI) and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), applicants are evaluated on six factors of a successful workplace, such as opportunities for learning, a culture of trust, work-life balance, supervisor support, autonomy, and satisfaction with earnings, benefits and opportunities for advancement.

"We are beyond thrilled to receive this outstanding award for our workplace practices and standards," said Veta T. Richardson, president and CEO of ACC. "Our association's greatest asset is our employees, and thus, we take great pride in creating a work environment and culture that fosters success, both personally and professionally."

ACC offers its staff the opportunity to take advantage of numerous flexible work arrangements to yield positive business results and help employees succeed at work and home. This includes options for telecommuting, flextime, and compressed workweek schedules. The use of technology has also helped the association benefit from these flexible work arrangements, making it a seamless process for employees to stay connected while working remotely. The association also provides a wellness program, incorporating rewards for preventative health exams, monthly chair massages, and "walkathon" (steps challenge).

Additionally, between the end of May and early September, ACC allows staff to dress casually and take advantage of "Aloha Days," which entails working a compressed workweek in return for one day off every other week. Employees who are caregivers also have access to on-demand childcare and eldercare services as part of their benefits package. To support ongoing professional development, the association has set aside funds yearly for each employee to spend on training seminars, job-related association memberships, periodical subscriptions and other activities that directly relate to one's ability to perform their current job functions. Further, ACC provides an educational scholarship and certificate program to its full-time, permanent employees to promote and support continuing education.

"ACC's success depends on the individual and team performance of all employees, and this award is especially exciting as two-thirds of the evaluation was derived from an employee survey," said Patricia "P.J." Trudeau, vice president and chief administrative officer at ACC. "As such, we are committed to investing in employee well-being and engagement in order to ensure we all benefit from global workplace best practices and have opportunities available for advancement."

When Work Works is a national project that shares research results on what makes an effective and flexible workplace with the business community. Recipients of the award must rank in the top 20 percent of the country based on a nationally representative sample of employers. For more information about the When Work Works initiative and the When Work Works Award, visit

About ACC: The Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) is a global legal association that promotes the common professional and business interests of in-house counsel who work for corporations, associations and other private-sector organizations through information, education, networking opportunities and advocacy initiatives. With more than 40,000 members employed by over 10,000 organizations in 85 countries, ACC connects its members to the people and resources necessary for both personal and professional growth. By in-house counsel, for in-house counsel.® For more information, visit and follow ACC on Twitter: @ACCinhouse.

About When Work Works: When Work Works is a national initiative, led by the partnership of the Families and Work Institute (FWI) and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), 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 resources, rigorous research and best practices on workplace effectiveness and flexibility in the nation. The initiative administers the prestigious annual When Work Works Award, which recognizes exemplary employers for creating effective workplaces to increase business and employee success. Visit and follow us on Twitter @WhenWorkWorks @FWINews and @SHRMPress, and join the workflex conversation on

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