Congresswoman Susan Davis Wins Top Award for Positive Workplace Environment

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Washington, July 3, 2018 | comments

Susan and her Staff

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) won the first-ever Democracy Awards “Life in Congress” award. The competitive award sponsored by the Congressional Management Foundation (CMF) 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.”  Davis had previously been announced as a finalist for the 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.

“It's truly an honor to be selected by the CMF for this special award,” said Rep. Davis. “As I fight for worker-friendly policies for all Americans, I try to model the best practices in my own office.  Creating an office culture that is consistently positive and productive helps my staff and I best serve my constituents.  We value collaboration, flexibility and accountability whether we’re in the office, in the San Diego community or in the halls of Congress.”

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.”

The Davis office is also recognized for its thorough hiring process, high staff retention and morale, community service efforts and support for military reservists, graduate students and parents on staff.  

Congressional offices nominated themselves for the Democracy Awards and provided supporting documents. After CMF conducted in-depth interviews to determine finalists, a committee comprised primarily of former Members of Congress and staff selected winners in a blind review process where the name of the Member was redacted from review material.

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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