Silver Spring, MD – Ellumen, Inc. is proud to announce that it has received a 2022 Employer Recognition Award. The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments’ (COG) Commuter Connections program hosted the 25th annual awards ceremony at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., with Ellumen’s Jack Vogel, Marketing Coordinator accepting the Marketing Award.

“It is really an honor to have our employees consider Ellumen as an employer of choice, as we would not be where we are today without the commitment and dedication of our staff,” said Tram Ly, HR Manager. “I look forward to working with our employees to continue promoting a people-first corporate culture.”

“By championing its commuter benefits and telework programs to employees, Ellumen creates enthusiasm about working from home and using shared ways of commuting to work, and both are wins for better traffic flow and greenhouse gas reductions,” said Nicholas Ramfos, Director of Commuter Connections. “We hope Ellumen’s promotion of its various commuter and telework programs will serve as a great example to other employers throughout the region looking to foster the same.”

Ellumen is a small, privately held IT company specializing in various areas of healthcare IT from healthcare systems and medical imaging technology to training and communications. In January 2020, just prior to the pandemic, Ellumen adopted a formal telework policy to diversify the employee talent pool and improve work-life balance. The company has 74 employees in the region, all of whom work remotely 4-5 days per week.

To help attract diverse and qualified new hires, Ellumen promotes its telework program when advertising externally to potential job candidates. Once hired, Ellumen encourages the practice of teleworking during its onboarding process. Telework training is available through a learning and development platform, including materials to train managers of remote workers.

Ellumen takes pride in their people and workforce and encourages a team atmosphere through a welcoming virtual onboarding process where employees are greeted by their team and even get a virtual office tour. To maintain camaraderie and incentivize high performance among employees, Ellumen recognizes employees’ achievements through a Staff Appreciation and Recognition program (STAR). The company uses STAR as a tool to acknowledge a high level of employee performance while working from home. The executive team selects a monthly awardee, who is featured in the employee newsletter, and receives a signed recognition certificate and gift card.

Ellumen informs employees through its company newsletter about available commuting options for travel to and from the physical office. Employees have the option to pay for transit using pre-tax dollars, and bike racks are available for those arriving on two wheels. Lastly, Ellumen offers a flex-time schedule.

Ellumen added 31 employees and increased its retention rate from 76.3% in 2019 to 97.3% in 2021, in great part to its work/life balance opportunities and effectiveness of promoting such. Ellumen’s telework and commuter programs have led to a reduction of employee vehicle miles traveled (VMT) by 512,080 miles, and savings of 23,276 gallons of gas annually.

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