Norfolk Sheriff’s Office Receives TWO Top Honors in Best Places to Work Competition
(Norfolk, VA)-It’s unusual for a government agency to rank among the Best Places to Work in Hampton Roads. But, it gets even better: The Norfolk Sheriff’s Office also received top recognition in the Best Large Company category and walked away with the Best Overall title!
“I’m thrilled, speechless, you name it,” said Sheriff Bob McCabe. I know how hard we strive to create a positive work environment, but it’s truly an honor when a professional journal like Inside Business recognizes us for our day in, day out dedication to duty.
Each year The Hampton Roads Business Journal conducts a contest of local businesses, and an independent panel of judges selects the best employers based on criteria including diversity of workforce, employee benefits and unusual employee perks, to name just a few. For the sheriff’s office that includes, free Tides tickets, an on-site employee gym, two employee cookouts each year, an extra day off for employees in addition to their regular paid leave, and homemade chocolate chip cookies personally made and delivered to working deputies by Sheriff McCabe on Christmas morning.
“The little things mean a lot,” explained McCabe. “When you’re the lowest paid sheriff’s office in Hampton Roads, you have to find creative ways to maintain morale in an already-challenging jail environment.”
McCabe acknowledges that his supervisors and leadership teams set the tone for the entire department, so last month he presented each of his team leaders with Colin Powell’s book, “It Worked For Me: In Life and Leadership.” McCabe said, “I wanted them to know how much I value their leadership and attention to detail.”
The Best Places to Work recognition ceremony was held today at The Westin Hotel in Virginia Beach where businesses from contracting companies to pest control and asset management firms were recognized for making their employees their most valued asset.
Sheriff McCabe stressed that the awards would not have been possible without the generous comments of his staff who completed a survey in which the judges consider employee comments in making their final selections.