WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The U.S. Navy was awarded the Optimas Award for General Excellence from Workforce Management Magazine during a ceremony on Capitol Hill, March 9.
Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Gary Roughead received the award on behalf of the Navy.
Congressman Ike Skelton (D-MO) hosted the presentation and said that earning the Optimas Award validates the Navy's commitment to taking care of its people and its Sailors.
Roughead accepted the award from Mr. Todd Johnson, publisher of Workforce Management Magazine, which recognized the Navy's innovations in personnel management.
Johnson pointed out that the Navy was the largest organization to win the award but explained that to win, an employer must show measurable impact for the organization.
"The object to us isn't the size of the organization, it is the size of the impact," said Johnson. "And we're going to give that award, this year, to the Navy."
Roughead spoke about the significance the Optimas Award has for the Navy.
"(It) recognizes the great work of our people who move this terrific organization along," said Roughead. "It has been a way for us to look at ourselves, to assess ourselves, and to look at how we can become better at what we do."
The Navy is the second government agency and the first military service to be recognized in the general excellence category. Previous recipients have included companies known for innovation like Google, Intel, and Hewlett-Packard.
Roughead said winning such a prestigious award will only strengthen the Navy's commitment to being one of the nation's best employers.
"There are more things we can do, there are more things we will do, and there are more things that together we are going to make the United States Navy an even better place to be, to serve and be a better service for our nation," said Roughead. "[The Optimas Award] is a milepost because we don't intend to stop here."
The Optimas Award has nine categories and recognizes organizations for their initiatives in competitive advantage, ethical practice, financial impact, global outlook, innovation, managing, change, partnership, service, and vision. An organization must demonstrate excellence in six of the nine categories to be awarded for General Excellence.
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