Office of Environmental Management

‘One EM Team’ Concept Among Team’s Recommendations to Improve Work Culture

October 29, 2015

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – EM headquarters employees enjoy their work, put in extra effort to get a job done, and feel encouraged to find new ways of doing things. But they also believe EM can do more to recognize and reward those behaviors.

   That was one of the findings of an EM cross-office integrated project team (IPT) formed to assess and improve the headquarters organization’s culture. The five-month effort was completed in September and results were distributed earlier this month.

   Among the team’s recommendations:

  • EM should promote a “ONE EM TEAM” concept, employing formal and informal methods for colleagues to get to know each other. These could include team-building and social gatherings such as potlucks or after-work functions.
  • EM headquarters and site leaders should meet to re-visit and define the EM mission and shared values.
  • Staff at all levels should be given more opportunities to participate in rotational assignments among organizations, headquarters and field offices, short-term or long-term projects, and shadowing or mentoring activities.
  • There should be more consistency in recognizing individuals for outstanding work. 
  • EM should promote frequent, accurate and consistent internal communications up and down the organization. This could mean more frequent all-hands meetings, and use of the Internet or other technology to broadcast meetings.

   The report was formed from a variety of sources, including a special email account set up for EM employees to provide feedback, and from 11 employee engagement sessions at EM headquarters headed by facilitators. 

   In a message, EM Assistant Secretary Monica Regalbuto and EM Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Mark Whitney said they were reviewing the report and considering next steps.

   “Our thanks go to the IPT members who, over the last few months, dedicated significant time to the effort," they said. "In addition, we’d like to thank all the employees that supported the IPT effort by taking time to have their voices heard.”