Keats, Connelly and Associates LLC, a wealth management firm in Phoenix, has been named a winner of the 2010 Alfred P. Sloan Award for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility for the third consecutive year, the firm said Wednesday in a statement. The award distinguishes the employer as a leading practitioner of workplace flexibility in Arizona and across the nation.

The Sloan Awards recognize organizations that are striving to find new ways to make work “work” in today’s challenging economy, the statement said. Representing employers of all sizes and all types, winners offer excellent workplace flexibility practices, and use flexibility as a strategic business tool to enhance organizational effectiveness while also benefiting employees.

The Sloan Awards are awarded as part of theWhen Work Worksproject, an ongoing initiative of the Families and Work Institute, the Institute for a Competitive Workforce, an affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and the Twiga Foundation. ThroughWhen Work Works, these partner organizations provide research, resources and recognition to employers nationwide, and share the results of research on creating effective and flexible workplaces that meet the needs of the 21st century.

According to the statement, Keats, Connelly and Associates was honored for several of its employee benefits including flexible work hours, telecommuting, job sharing, paid time off, continuing education and retirement plans.

“We understand that in order to offer our clients the best service possible, we needed to create an environment that attracts and retains our number one asset, employees” Dale Walters, the firm’s chief executive, said in the statement. “We can only attract and retain talented and motivated employees if we provide a flexible work environment.”

Twenty-year-old Keats, Connelly and Associates works with Canadians and Americans to reduce the stress associated with living, investing and working on both sides of the border, while at the same time creating opportunities for potential tax savings, the statement said. The firm was listed in the 2010 Top Wealth Manager Rankings.

Michael S. Fischer (msf7@columbia.edu) is a New York-based financial writer and editor and a frequent contributor to WealthManagerWeb.com.