Our employees work in a collaborative work environment that emphasizes learning and long-term professional growth. Professional staff works on a variety of challenging assignments on multiple project teams with different project team leaders. This flexibility allows staff to be exposed to many types of work, technical areas, and leadership models. We expect that with adequate guidance and coaching, our professionals will take on a great deal of responsibility at an early age.
SGH is an open, informative work environment. In an effort to meet with all staff regularly, the CEO and other top corporate managers frequently travel between SGH's five offices. During regularly held Staff Communication Lunches (SCL), an identified corporate leader facilitates discussion on an audience-generated topic. The SCL talks are well-attended because the staff knows that their input will not only be heard, but considered and often acted upon. (The notion of the SCL meetings, themselves, was developed through a suggestion of one junior staff member.)
In addition, an established Lunch Talk program facilitates exchanging information about industry standards, company projects, research work, and lessons learned. Individual employees present to staff onsite and staff in other offices join via video conference call. Employees who miss a presentation because of a scheduling conflict can watch the lunch talks on-demand via SGHVideo, our online video portal. We also post daily news on our intranet, covering corporate activities and information, community service, project awards, new initiatives, etc.
Recognition for individual contributions and success comes in many forms. Our system for advancement is well-structured and transparent to all. Ownership is open to all qualified managers and technical professionals - we have over 100 employee shareholders. We have both formal and informal non-monetary means of recognizing peoples' accomplishments. This respect and recognition is reflected in a very low voluntary turnover rate and long tenure.