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Courtesy of NAWCTSD Public Affairs
The Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division (NAWCTSD) received honors from the Orlando Sentinel as number six on its annual list of Top 100 Companies for Working Families. This is the eighth year in a row the command received Top 100 honors.
NAWCTSD’s selection was announced at an awards luncheon hosted Aug. 1 by the newspaper. While the rankings of only the top ten companies are published, they are released to winning organizations during the course of the luncheon.
Every year since 2007 NAWCTSD earned a spot on the list. In 2008 NAWCTSD was ranked 48th, and has been ranked higher every year. This year, the Navy’s premier modeling and simulation command jumped 10 places from 16 in 2013, putting it into the top ten for the first time.
“This year we ranked sixth which is truly an impressive accomplishment for us to be recognized in the same league as some truly world-class employers,” said NAWCTSD Commanding Officer, Capt. Wes Naylor, in announcing the command’s latest ranking on the list.
The recognition honors the efforts of Orlando area employers who encourage their employees reach and maintain a balance between their work and family life. A panel of human resources executives, assembled by the Sentinel, looks at a variety of benefits packages and programs offered by different companies. According to the Sentinel, company programs must be “imaginative and inventive” and offer “innovative, flexible programs and services that make their workers’ lives less hectic.”
Judging criteria included health and life insurance, flexible spending accounts, 401k accounts, maternity/paternity leave, flextime opportunities, employee rewards, newsletters and internet resources, tuition reimbursement, and training programs, among others.
Some of the programs offered by NAWCTSD include access to YMCA and Navy physical fitness facilities, including an on-site gym, fitness stations, volleyball and basketball courts, locker rooms, and shower facilities; an employee newsletter, on-site ATM machine; mail room; wellness and other health programs like smoking cessation, nutrition classes, a facility for nursing mothers, professional counseling services, and flu shots. NAWCTSD also sponsors a Bring your Daughters and Sons to Work Day, when families are invited to visit the NAWCTSD workplace.
“This award truly belongs to the people of NAWCTSD,” said Naylor. “At the end of our day, it’s the professionals we have on our team who really make the command a great place to work.”
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