BOSTON, MA – Shawmut’s Rhode Island office was honored by Providence Business News in front of a crowd of more than 200 attendees with the 2016 Business Excellence Award as part of the Enterprise Company category. This marks the second year in a row that Shawmut has been awarded this honor, and follows on the heels of Providence Business News naming Shawmut a 2016 Fastest Growing Company and Best Place to Work.
Excerpt from Providence Business News:
It’s been more than 75 years since the U.S. government amended the Fair Labor Standards Act, limiting the workweek to 40 hours, and popularizing the 9-to-5 schedule we’ve all come to know.
It’s less than ideal for many of us, and is still the standard despite technological advancements and cultural shifts that have had profound effects on the way Americans live and work. It’s a wonder then that more companies aren’t doing what Shawmut Design and Construction is doing—working to create more flexible, individualized schedules for employees.
“We believe that our people provide the best client service when they feel their best,” said Ron Simoneau, vice president and head of Shawmut’s Providence office.
In addition to the flexible work schedules, employees also benefit from things that include college tuition reimbursement, a company-paid health coverage option and incentives to give back to the community. In addition to being named one of Providence Business News’ Best Places to Work this year, it was also named one of Fortune Magazine’s 2016 100 Best Work Places in the country.
But Shawmut’s flexible-schedule initiative is just one of several innovative programs the company has built its reputation on since it was founded in 1982. Today the Boston-based company – with about 80 workers based in Rhode Island – has completed high-profile projects in Providence, from the Bridge Building expansion at Rhode Island Hospital to the renovation of several historic buildings on the Brown University campus.