WEF Ranks 61 Among Small Companies on Top Workplaces 2015 List

Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) staff show support for the WATER'S WORTH IT message by wearing campaign shirts. WEF photo/Grace Hulse.

Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) staff show support for the WATER’S WORTH IT message by wearing campaign shirts. WEF photo/Grace Hulse.

Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) employees value working for the organization as evidenced by a ranking of 61 among small companies and 118 overall on a Washington Post Top Workplaces 2015 list. The ranking of 150 top places to work in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area is based solely on employee feedback obtained from a survey by the research firm Workplace Dynamics, LLC (Exton, Pa.).

WEF staff help register attendees at WEFTEC 2013. Photo courtesy of Oscar Einzig Photography.

WEF staff help register attendees at WEFTEC 2013. Photo courtesy of Oscar Einzig Photography.

“This is the first time WEF has participated in a workplace competition, and we are delighted with the outcome,” said WEF Executive Director Eileen O’Neill. “WEF staff represents the absolute best in our field. We take great pride in what we do, but it’s gratifying to have substantiation that as an employer, WEF provides an environment that nurtures our employees, which in turn, positively affects our members and helps further our shared mission.”

On May 3, 2013, 25 WEF staff members participated in the Spring for Alexandria Community Service Day event to celebrate Earth Day. From left, the 2013 volunteers were; back row, Jeanne Leggett, Jennifer Chavira, Rebecca Arvin, Eric Neal, Jeff Frederick, Britt Sheinbaum, (middle row) Blaine Menelik, Arika Lawrence, Mary Ann Linder, Lauren Henretty, Tangela Williams, Theresa Mixon, Woo Jun, Joan Huang, Grace Hulse, Moises Rodriguez, (front row) Kristina Twigg, Christine Radke, Renee Kayal, (not pictured) Jennifer Fulcher, Marissa Adawag, Sarah Evans, Jessica Rozek, Andy Decker, and Melissa Rose.

On May 3, 2013, 25 WEF staff members participated in the Spring for Alexandria Community Service Day event to celebrate Earth Day. WEF photo/Jennifer Fulcher.

For this year’s survey, 1901 companies were invited to participate, and 317 participated, according to The Washington Post article, “Methodology: How We Chose the D.C. Region’s Top Workplaces for 2015.” Participants were asked to evaluate employers on many different factors including the quality of leadership, pay and benefits, and work-life balance. WEF received its highest marks in the areas of supportive work environment and healthy work-life balances that promote productivity, minimize turnover, and foster employee satisfaction and professional development.

WEF staff Jessica Rozek, Blaine Menelik, and Patrick Loper work in the bookstore at WEFTEC 2014. WEF photo/Lynn Thomson.

WEF staff Jessica Rozek, Blaine Menelik, and Patrick Loper work in the bookstore at WEFTEC 2014. WEF photo/Lynn Thomson.

“WEF is fortunate to attract top talent, but what you don’t see until you join the staff is an embracing and inclusive culture, which is the true hallmark of its success and workplace philosophy,” added WEF’s Human Resources Director Jan Taylor. “In addition to feeling good about the important work that WEF and its members do each day, the federation truly is a great place to begin or advance your career.”

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