The Washington Post recently named Ellumen one of the 2019 Top Workplaces. Over 61,000 employees from 347 companies in the DC area answered the survey, with companies spanning across industries, sectors, and sizes. This is the Post’s sixth annual Top Workplaces survey, conducted in partnership with employee engagement firm Energage LLC, that determines the Washington area’s Top Workplaces based on employee feedback alone. The inquiry collected responses on 24 factors covering seven areas to determine the overall assessment, so here’s how Ellumen figures in each of the seven.
As a child, playing “telephone” could lead to hilarious misunderstandings. There were some positive lessons to be learned from playing this childhood game such as crafting a strong message, relaying your message to a group, using your voice to speak clearly, being a good listener and working as a team. Yet, these subconscious learning outcomes were not the reason most would play the game and in fact, it was rather disappointing when the message remained unaltered by the time it got to the last person in the chain. It was much more entertaining when the message mutated into some distorted version of the original phrase. However, the same enjoyment cannot be found in the workplace. Clear and continuous communication is often a business pain point for Government and contractors alike. Distorted messages and misunderstandings can cost time, energy, money and, on the odd occasion, hurt feelings.