The 2014 Frederick County Best Places to Work Awards were held at the
"Great employees can make or break a business," said
The post has 11,000 employees and more than 40 entities providing medical intelligence and global communications as well as other services. The general said it was wonderful to be associated with businesses and the community in
"I can't think of a better place to have our organization," said
Interviewed after the awards ceremony,
The award "is a great testament to our employees," Fitch said. The company, which operates the biodefense laboratory at
Receiving an honorable mention in the Large Business category was
Others honored included Swift Systems, an information technology company, which won the Small Business category; Jean Peterson Design received an honorable mention. In Medium Businesses, the winner was Orases, an IT firm. An honorable mention went to Canapes catering firm.
Two new categories were added this year. The People's Choice Award, in which a survey was taken of employees and former employees of businesses,
IHire.com, which helps people find jobs, was named Most Creative Workplace. The company gives unlimited paid time off; workers make their own schedule. This results-only environment allows employees to manage their own work-life balance.
"The past four or five years have been tough for the economy, but our businesses stood up and moved forward," he said. "Employees have a lot of options, such as going to metropolitan areas to work, but
"We have improved the economic environment in
Past award winners served as sponsors of the event. Criteria for the awards included an enhanced workplace culture, professional development opportunities, benefits and amenities to support work-life balance, encouraging community involvement and providing tools for healthy living.
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