The Defense Department program, charged with protecting veterans’ rights, today presented Empirix CEO John D’Anna with an award for making the company a friendly workplace for National Guard and military reserve “citizen warriors.”
The Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) program presented D’Anna with its Patriot Award, which recognizes efforts to support guard and reserve members through measures such as flexible schedules, time off prior to and after deployment, caring for families and granting leaves of absence. D’Anna initiated a program to recruit junior military officers to Empirix shortly after he became CEO in 2008.
D’Anna received the Patriot Award from George Charos, ESGR’s area chair for Eastern Massachusetts and Empirix employee Luc Roy. Roy, a captain in the U.S. Army Reserve, has done four combat deployments since joining the Army in 1988: two tours of duty in Afghanistan, another in Yemen, and another in Panama.
Roy nominated D’Anna for the award because he was surprised at how easy Empirix made it for him to fulfill his reserve obligations. While there are laws that guarantee guard members and reservists’ don’t lose their jobs while serving in the military, Charos said, some companies make it easier than others.
“I’ve never worked for a company that supports military personnel as much as Empirix,” Roy said. “I’ve been at companies with no programs or minimal programs, and Empirix is the complete opposite. When I saw how above and beyond the law they went when I first got here, I went around and asked other military people if it were true and they said yes. The company is very flexible. I’ve seen the flip side so I know how bad it can be. That’s why I was so impressed.”
The company works with a recruiter to identify promising junior military officers. Empirix established a six-month training program for former officers to acclimate them to corporate life before they fill roles in sales, project management and professional services, according to Empirix Vice President, Human Resources Brigid MacDonald.
Empirix also has policies in place that make it easier for guard members and reservists to fulfill their deployment and drilling obligations. The company has hired 11 junior officers since the program began and plans to hire three to four more over the next year.
“They are highly qualified and motivated employees who spend their ‘spare’ time protecting the rest of us,” D’Anna said. “They shouldn’t have to worry about their jobs while they’re putting their lives on the line.”
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