From left are Human Resources Interim Associate Vice President Doreen Bickel, General Counsel Lead Executive Assistant Debbie Jacques, Compensation and Benefits Lead Director Jennifer Rupp, Employment and Employee Relations Associate Director Tonia Miles-Carvana and Employee Recruiting Coordinator Shelly Snell. (Submitted photo)
LA PLATA, Md. (July 7, 2014)—The College of Southern Maryland is one of 14 organizations that has been awarded by the Alliance for Workplace Excellence for its commitment not only to workplace excellence, health and wellness, and EcoLeadership, but also as a leading practitioner in diversity and inclusion.
Our employees are our greatest asset and it is rewarding when the college is recognized for our commitment to workplace excellence. Providing a healthy and fulfilling workplace enhances our employees ability to serve students and our Southern Maryland community in the best way possible, said CSM President Dr. Brad Gottfried.
The Alliance has recognized the Greater Washington, D.C. areas best places to work for the past 15 years and this year has recognized 66 organizations from across the United States representing more than one million employees from organizations of all sizes and in all sectorsprivate, public and nonprofit.
CSM is recognized for its additions of programs to enhance employees' skills and knowledge, with training in leadership and customer service benefitting the employee and the community the college serves. The colleges Promotion in Place program, unique to community colleges in Maryland, rewards employees for succeeding in their current positions, for their efforts to continue to enhance their abilities through training and for their service to the college. CSM has expanded its conservation programs and continues to offer the summer Code Green program, enabling employees to work the hours during the week in order to leave early on Fridays in the summer to save energy.
CSM has been an AWE Winner since 2002 and this year is one of 14 companies that are recipients of all categories recognized by the AWE, the Workplace Excellence Seal of Approval, the Health and Wellness Trailblazer Award, the EcoLeadership Award and the Diversity Champion Award. The Workplace Excellence and Health & Wellness Awards highlight businesses that promote professional fulfillment and personal wellness at work, at home and in the community. The EcoLeadership Seal of Approval was created to recognize organizations committed to building sustainable workplaces. Launched in 2013, the Diversity Champion Award honors companies that have created and maintain a diverse and inclusive culture within their organizations.
In addition to CSM, AWE quadruple winners include American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Calvert Investments, Inc., Carroll Hospital Center, Discovery Communications, Inc., Holy Cross Hospital, Honest Tea, Hughes Network Systems, LLC, An EchoStar Company, MedStar St. Marys Hospital, M-NCPPC, Montgomery College, Montgomery County Government, Social & Scientific Systems, Inc. and SRA International, Inc.
Once again and for the 12th year in a row, CSM has been awarded workplace excellence awards. These awards are in recognition of developing and implementing human resources best practice programs that serve to assist employees in balancing work and family commitments. We are very proud to be recognized for initiatives such as our employee health and wellness programs, and employee growth, learning and professional development opportunities along with our workforce diversity programs, said CSM Human Resources Interim Associate Vice President Doreen Bickel.
All award recipients undergo a rigorous assessment process led by an independent review panel of professors, PhD professionals and doctoral candidates in business, industrial and organizational psychology, and human resources. For information, visit www.excellentworkplace.org.
CSM is a thriving, progressive and technologically advanced college that delivers quality higher education programs and services. The college is committed to offering a wide variety of learning options, student services and high-quality workforce development training and support. The staff and faculty work closely with a diverse student population to provide a rich variety of educational options. CSM strives to create a global education program, yet remains a local college that has a real stake in supporting our community's academic, professional and self-enrichment pursuits. For information, visit www.csmd.edu.