Myrtle Beach Pelicans Club Wins Award For Being Family Friendly

Myrtle Beach Pelicans Club Wins Award For Being Family Friendly

Matt O'Brien & other award winners
Myrtle Beach Pelicans General Manager Matt O’Brien (far left on 2nd row) accepted Family Friendly certificates with 14 other business leaders.

The Community Coalition of Horry County (CCHC) and the Coastal Organization of Human Resources (COHR) recently recognized the Myrtle Beach Pelicans as a Gold Seal level Family Friendly business. The organizations presented a certificate and their sincere appreciation to the Pelicans at a celebratory luncheon at the Prestwick Country Club at noon on Tuesday, November 12, 2002.

The Pelicans were one of fifteen organizations dubbed as Employee Certified Family Friendly Business Initiatives. The program, designed to emphasize the need for more balance in work/family issues, celebrated its Second Annual Certification Luncheon with the induction of the Pelicans.

Dennis L. Wade, President & CEO of the Jackson Companies and current president of the Board of Directions for the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, provided the keynote address.

The Family Friendly Business initiative, winner of the first South Carolina Vanguard Award and the national Society of Human Resource Managers’ Pinnacle Award, is a community service project initiated by the CCHC and the COHR. Certification is based on a detailed survey filled out by all employees of each organization. There are special considerations for small businesses with 50 or less employees.

Almost three thousand employees participated in the surveying process this year, bringing the total surveyed in the two years of the initiative close to 10,000. The most significant criteria for Family Friendly status deals with health care, flexible work schedules, financial packages, career advancement, personal time off for family needs and the encouragement of involvement in the educational process of children.

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