Congresswoman Susan Davis Named Award Finalist for Positive Workplace Environment

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Washington, February 23, 2018 | comments

– Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) was named as a finalist for the first-ever Democracy Awards by the Congressional Management Foundation (CMF). Rep. Davis is a finalist for the “Life in Congress” category that recognizes Members of Congress for having established “both formal policies and informal cultures that enhance the work-life fit and professional development of their staffs.”

In announcing Rep. Davis as a finalist for the Democracy Awards, CMF explained why the office was selected. “While many congressional offices adopt the standard House of Representatives’ employee handbook, the office of Representative Susan Davis (D-CA-53) has gone well beyond that model.  The semiannual performance reviews include an evaluation of each staff member’s supervisor and peers.  The positive workplace environment is enhanced by an emphasis on professional development; two staff shifts that enable the office to be open longer while allowing employees to balance their work and non-work schedules; and constant sharing of work reports and constituent communications among the staff to foster collaboration and inclusiveness.”

“It's an honor to be recognized by the Congressional Management Foundation for work/life office policies and positive culture,” said Rep. Davis. “As I fight for worker friendly policies for all Americans, I try to model the best practices in my own office.  Doing so also helps me retain key staff whose experience and high morale provides my constituents with the best service.”

“As a finalist in ‘Life in Congress’-Workplace Environment for a Democracy Award, Rep. Davis’s office is clearly one of the best in Congress,” said Bradford Fitch, President and CEO of the Congressional Management Foundation. “This designation demonstrates that Rep. Davis has made a significant commitment to being the best public servant for her constituents in California. Rep. Davis and her staff are to be congratulated for not only being a model for colleagues in Congress, but for helping to restore trust and faith that our democratic institutions can work,” he said.

The Congressional Management Foundation (CMF) is a 501(c)(3) nonpartisan nonprofit whose mission is to build trust and effectiveness in Congress. Since 1977 CMF has worked internally with member, committee, leadership, and institutional offices in the House and Senate to identify and disseminate best practices for management, workplace environment, communications, and constituent services. CMF also is the leading researcher and trainer on citizen engagement, educating thousands of individuals and facilitating better relationships with Congress. 

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