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McGladrey Recognized for Work/Life Flexibility, Adoption Assistance

Receives Alfred P. Sloan Award, earns spot on Top 100 2011 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces list


Charlotte, NC – RSM McGladrey and McGladrey and Pullen, LLP, which combined, operate under the McGladrey brand as one of the nation's largest accounting, tax and business consulting firms, have been recognized on the Top 100 2011 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces by the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption and honored with the 2011 Alfred P. Sloan Award for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility.

The prestigious Sloan award, part of the national When Work Works project, recognizes employers of all sizes and types across the country for their use of flexibility as an effective workplace strategy to increase business and employee success. Annual rankings for the Best Adoption Friendly Workplaces list are determined by an analysis of adoption benefits – such as financial reimbursement and paid leave – that companies make available to their employees.

"At McGladrey, we strive to understand our employees' needs and are honored to receive these recognitions for the flexibility and benefits we provide," said Joe Adams, managing partner and CEO with McGladrey & Pullen. "A career in professional services is fulfilling but also very demanding. Our culture of helping employees achieve their career objectives and their goals outside of the workplace creates a supportive environment where people want to work hard and provide high value to our clients. It's a winning proposition for everyone involved."

The Dave Thomas Foundation compiles results from survey data collected from nearly 500 U.S. employers and partners with Employee Benefit News, a SourceMedia publication that is the leading source of information for benefits decision makers, to announce the winners.

McGladrey offers employees reimbursement for up to $5,000 for adoption-related expenses, and provides up to six weeks of paid time off for adoptive parents. In addition to traditional adoption benefits, the firms offer New Parent Coaching, Coach-on-Call and Employee Assistance programs to help employees and their families adjust to adoption and other major life changes.

While this comprehensive support for adoptive families ensured the firm's spot on this year's Adoption Friendly Workplaces list, workplace flexibility — such as flextime, part-time work and compressed workweeks — helps the firm attract and retain employees, and earned McGladrey this year's Sloan Award.

"Our research consistently finds that employees in effective and flexible workplaces have greater engagement on the job and greater desire to stay with their organization," said Ellen Galinsky, president of Families and Work Institute (FWI), a research think tank on workforce and workplace trends that administers the awards. "In addition, they report lower stress levels and better overall health."

The Sloan Awards are unique for their rigorous, two-step selection process, which involves an evaluation of employers' flexibility programs and practices, and a confidential employee survey. All applicants are measured against national norms from FWI's National Study of Employers.

"As a recipient of the 2011 Sloan Award, McGladrey ranks in the top 20% of employers nationally in terms of its programs, policies and culture for creating an effective and flexible workplace," said Galinsky. "In addition, what makes this honor so special is that their employees have corroborated this, affirming that it is indeed an effective and flexible workplace."

For more information about the When Work Works project and the Alfred P. Sloan Awards for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility, visit www.whenworkworks.org. To view all Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption 2011 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces honorees, visit www.DaveThomasFoundation.org.

About When Work Works
When Work Works is a leading national initiative 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 rigorous research and employer best practices on workplace effectiveness and flexibility in the nation, and administers the prestigious Alfred P. Sloan Awards for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility annually, which recognize exemplary employers for using flexibility as an effective workplace strategy to increase business and employee success. For more information, visit their website at www.whenworkworks.org or follow them on Twitter @FWInews

About the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption
The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption is a national nonprofit public charity dedicated to dramatically increasing the adoptions of the more than 150,000 children waiting in North America's foster care systems. Created by Wendy's® founder, Dave Thomas, who was adopted, the Foundation implements results-driven national signature programs, foster care adoption awareness initiatives and research-based advocacy efforts. To learn more, visit www.DaveThomasFoundation.org or call 1-800-ASK-DTFA.

About McGladrey
McGladrey is the brand under which RSM McGladrey, Inc., and McGladrey and Pullen, LLP, serve clients' business needs. Together they rank as the fifth largest U.S. provider of assurance, tax and consulting services, with 7,000 professionals and associates in more than 80 offices. The two firms operate as separate legal entities in an alternative practice structure. McGladrey and Pullen is a licensed CPA firm that provides assurance services. RSM McGladrey is a leading professional services firm providing tax and consulting services. Both firms are members of RSM International, the sixth largest global network of independent accounting, tax and consulting firms. For more information, visit the McGladrey website at www.mcgladrey.com, join our Facebook fan page at McGladrey News and/or follow us on Twitter @McGladrey


Terri Andrews
Director, National Public Relations



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