William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies (CHDS) at National Defense University
Federal Government and Academic Institution
Winning Site: Washington, DC – 50 Employees
William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies (CHDS) at National Defense University uses programs such as job sharing time to exercise to help promote a supportive workplace. Employees are provided laptop computers to facilitate telecommuting, and Center leaders have implemented an alternate work schedule initiative that permits flexibility in arranging work schedules or for employees to work compressed weeks. Employees can also take advantage of a job-sharing program. The Perry Center has invested in technology to provide both mobile platforms to facilitate telecommuting and videoconferencing. Support for telecommuting is now part of the organizational culture and is widely accepted by employees, supervisors and senior organizational leaders. Employees have the ability to better respond to late night or weekend emergent situations. Management believes that increasing flexibility leads to greater employee engagement, less employee turnover and, ultimately, enhanced mission performance. The director of the Perry Center is a strong advocate for physical fitness and permits employees three hours of duty time each week to participate in physical fitness activities. The organization’s leaders hope their programs can serve as a model for other organizations within the U.S. government.