Hulbert honored for contribution to publication

Melanie HulbertMelanie Hulbert, an assistant professor of sociology at George Fox University, was one of three authors selected as a “2008 WorldatWork Publications Contributor of the Year” at the annual WorldatWork Total Rewards Conference and Exhibition in Seattle on June 2.

Hulbert was honored for her article “Lessons from the Office: The Organizational Implementation of Work-Life Policies” published in the WorldatWork Journal’s Second Quarter 2008 edition. The piece explored the factors that influence organizational decision makers to implement work-life policies.

Now in their sixth year, the awards are given to authors voted the best by WorldatWork advisory board members for their insightful contributions to workspan magazine and the WorldatWork Journal.

“The line between one's work life and family life is often blurred,” Hulbert said of the article. “Due to a dynamic workforce in which most families are dual-earning, the need for organizations to invest in innovative work-life practices and policies is necessary for maximizing retention rates and increasing employee loyalty and satisfaction.

“This paper fills an important gap in the literature by examining how organizational leaders think about, talk about, and decide upon work-life practices. My own interest in this topic stems from my personal desire to achieve both a healthy home and work life.” 

All WorldatWork Journal and workspan magazine articles published in 2008 were eligible for the award. Articles were judged by members of WorldatWork advisory boards based on practical application (workspan) or quality of research and theory (WorldatWork Journal); clarity of presentation; pertinence to compensation, benefits and total rewards professionals; and contribution to the field.

WorldatWork ( is a global human resources association focused on compensation, benefits, work-life and integrated total rewards to attract, motivate and retain a talented workforce. Founded in 1955, WorldatWork provides a network of more than 30,000 members and professionals in 75 countries with training, certification, research, conferences and community. It has offices in Scottsdale, Arizona, and Washington, D.C.