ESA Receives 2012 Innovation Award



On Thursday, April 26, the National Center for Employee Ownership (NCEO) announced the winners of the 2012 Innovations in Employee Ownership Award. The award recognizes the innovative practices that result from having an engaged workforce of employee-owners, as well as ideas that tie stock to improved company culture or performance.

The 2012 Innovations Award recipients include Environmental Science Associates (ESA), n-Link Corporation, Torch Technologies, Inc., and Vigilent. Selected from the largest pool of candidates in the history of the award, the 2012 award winners were recognized for innovations in employee engagement, corporate giving, and wellness. ESA received the Innovation Award for its policy of conducting a company-wide employee survey and using the results to build the company's 5-year strategic plan.

Lloyd Skinner, Northwest Regional Director and ESA ESOP Trustee, accepted the award on behalf of the firm. He explained, “The challenge was how best to integrate the overall firm vision into our every day. We recognized the need to ensure widespread ownership of the vision, values and strategies. It had to be a living process and document- one that everyone could embrace.” To accomplish that, the company conducted a firm-wide survey, used the feedback to develop the company’s strategic plan, posted the results as posters and a 20-page summary report, and continued to engage employees through meetings and other continued communication.

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