Northwest Lineman College Accepts “When Work Works” Award

The Northwest Lineman College in Oroville accepted the “When Work Works” Award on August 22 from the Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM) When Work Works project. The Northwest Lineman College has won this multiple years in a row. To win this award SHRM looks at the culture of a workplace and programs that help to make the workplace more flexible.

For more information read the press release below:

Oroville, CA (August 18, 2017) – Northwest Lineman College’s Oroville Campus has been honored with a 2017 When Work Works Award for exemplary workplace practices.

The prestigious When Work Works Award is part of the Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM’s) When Work Works project, a national initiative that helps employers become more successful by transforming the way they view and adopt effective and flexible workplaces.


The award recognizes employers of all sizes across the country that are excelling at offering a variety of top-rated employee initiatives such as work-life fit policies, flexible scheduling and transition to parenthood programs. The award goes beyond work-life programs and includes initiatives that address the additional evidence-based aspects of effective workplaces, such as opportunities for learning, a culture of respect and trust, and job autonomy.


“As a company that delivers benchmark training to the power delivery industry, Northwest Lineman College fully recognizes that happy, engaged employees create satisfied customers.  You can’t fake enthusiasm.  Our employees and our culture define us.  Therefore, we care personally for each employee and their particular needs on the job.  That’s why we recognize and reward excellence, we foster individual growth opportunities, we provide benefits like generous leave, clothing and wellness reimbursements.  We create a culture where people are positive and expectations are high, but so is the sense of purpose.  We are extremely proud that we won the When Work Works Award in three of our campus locations — California, Idaho and Texas” said Leanna Whitney, Chief Culture Officer of Northwest Lineman College.


In applying for the award, Northwest Lineman College was evaluated on factors associated with employee health, well-being and engagement: opportunities for learning; a culture of trust; work-life fit; supervisor support for work success; autonomy; and satisfaction with earnings, benefits and opportunities for advancement.


“Considering that 78 percent of employers report difficulty recruiting employees for highly skilled jobs and 38 percent report difficulty recruiting for entry-level hourly jobs, When Work Works Award winners have leveraged this recognition opportunity to distinguish themselves as exemplary employers that offer new or enhanced options that help them attract and retain top talent,” said Ellen Galinsky, president of the Families and Work Institute, the original creator of this award, and senior research advisor at SHRM.


“These winners have reinvented their workplaces in ways that benefit business and employees alike and are reaping the benefits in terms of employee job satisfaction and retention,” said Cassidy Solis, senior advisor, workplace flexibility, at SHRM.


The award is earned after a rigorous assessment that emphasizes the real-life experiences of employees and incorporates national benchmarks of employer practices from the National Study of Employers and the employee experiences from the National Study of the Changing Workforce. Two-thirds of an organization’s winning score is based on a survey of its employees.


To learn more about the awards, view an interactive map that lists winning organizations by state and a list of winners by name.


Additional information about the When Work Works Award and the When Work Works initiative is available online.


Media: For details and to request an interview, contact Leanna Whitney, Chief Culture Officer.  Email: [email protected]


ABOUT Northwest Lineman College

Northwest Lineman College provides training for over 2,000 pre-apprentice linemen and power delivery industry employees every year. With over 20 years experience, their reputation throughout the industry as the leader in power delivery training is unmatched.


Programs offered by Northwest Lineman College include a 15-week Electrical Lineworker Program that provides the skills, knowledge, and behaviors needed by those seeking a career in power delivery; Power Delivery Programs which provides a correspondence based curriculum component for linework and substation technician apprenticeships as well as additional training for meter technicians, crew leaders, system operators and transmission technicians; Lineman Apprenticeship Program which provides the related technical instruction component for apprentices at NLC campuses; and Utility Training Services which delivers customized dynamic training initiatives on behalf of companies worldwide.


 With campuses located across the nation in Meridian, Idaho; Oroville, California; Denton, Texas; and Edgewater, Florida, NLC has set the standard in providing up-to-date, relevant, and exceptional training throughout the electric utility industry. 


About When Work Works

When Work Works is a national initiative led by 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.