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Many companies believe they offer employees a great working environment. But it’s especially gratifying when an objective third-party agrees. That’s why it was such a special honor when Hughes was again recognized in June by the Alliance for Workplace Excellence as one of the Washington, D.C. area’s best places to work. At the same time, the Alliance awarded Hughes the EcoLeadership Award and the Health & Wellness Trailblazer Award.
For the past 13 years, the Alliance has recognized the best places to work, honoring organizations that promote professional fulfillment and personal wellness—at work, at home, and in the community, as well as their commitment to environmental sustainability.
Award criteria includes flexible and inclusive corporate culture, family- and employee-friendly programs, strong health and wellness initiatives, growth and learning opportunities, and a commitment to corporate, social, and civic responsibility.
Hughes is committed to maintaining the integrity of workplace excellence by offering employees a great place to work through technology; flexible work arrangements; learning, health, and wellness programs; community involvement; diversity; and a positive corporate culture. Here are just a few examples:
The company sponsors an Engineering Mentoring Program that pairs up new engineers with senior engineering staff to enhance the productivity and assimilation of new employees, offer continuous learning, and encourage career growth. Hughes also hosts a number of sports, health, and wellness programs, including volleyball, cricket, baseball, and tennis tournaments, as well as yoga and other exercise programs. An onsite nurse from Johns Hopkins Medical Center is also available when needed.
In a positive work environment, there naturally grows a high level of camaraderie between employees. Hughes employees often hike together, bike together, eat together, and socialize together, forming smaller families within the overall Hughes family.
In addition, the Alliance’s recognition of the Hughes commitment to environmental sustainability reflects many new green initiatives undertaken across the company.
“We recognize that our employees are our most important asset,” said Michelle Pearre, vice president of Human Resources at Hughes,. “That’s why we are committed to providing a positive work environment with a range of wellness resources to ensure they achieve a healthy work-life balance.”
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