At TCG, we have several employees who do similar work or are in a similar role to one another, but because they work on different contracts they do not get to collaborate in their day-to-day work. For that reason, TCG created communities of interest based on roles and specializations so that colleagues can share best practices, learnings, and their experiences working in their unique environments. Additionally, we have created similar spaces on our intranet to foster these connections and collaboration virtually.
The company has a Big, Hairy, Audacious Goal that by 2030, TCG will be a Top 100 company for doing good and being good, while doing well. We take a three-pronged approach to addressing our goal.
1) Do good: TCG is committed to being a good and responsible employer.
2) Be good: TCG is committed to honest and ethical business practices.
3) Do well: TCG will be an example to other companies that it is possible to do good and be good while succeeding in business.
This is not a goal specifically held by management. Achieving these goals requires all employees to rally together to support community initiatives, be compassionate colleagues, and good stewards of our government clients’ resources.
Each quarter, TCG holds an all-hands meeting where the president of the company reviews financial statements, shares the state of the company (good, bad, and ugly) and other updates are given by leaders throughout the company. At the end of the meeting, the floor opens up to all employees to submit their questions. All questions are answered publicly and posted to our company’s intranet. People ask questions about investments, the strategic plan, benefits, projections, and even some silly questions that you wouldn’t expect.
Once per year, each TCGer meets with their personnel manager and the company’s career counselor to conduct a career review. During this time, the group discusses the individual’s personal and professional interests, work achievements, and paths employees can take to grow in their career with TCG’s support. The career counselor works with the individual to identify training that might help the employee, opportunities in the company that might help the employee get experience in a new skill, options for advancement, and other career support. Additionally, the career counselor checks in throughout the year to see what progress the individual is making toward achieving their goals.
Our core values inform every part of how we operate as a business partner, an employer, and as members of our communities. They shape TCG’s culture and enable employees to bring their best selves to work each day.
Working collaboratively isn’t just working together on the same project. Sometimes it means you help your teammates on their projects or vice versa. TCG uses Bonus.ly to bring to the forefront and recognize those that are supporting their colleagues. Each TCGer gets 100 Bonus.ly points per month that they can reward their peers with for a job well done. The recipients of these points can cash in their points to purchase a gift card, an extra vacation day, or they can donate it to a charitable organization.
One of TCG’s core values is to value families. TCG President Daniel Turner understands that everyone’s primary responsibility is to their family, and believes employers should support individuals in being their best selves at home and at work. Daniel was a major proponent of DC Bill 21–415 Universal Paid Leave Act, which provides paid leave and job protection to those who live or work in Washington, DC. He testified to the City Council several times and worked with advocacy groups to get this legislation passed. The bill passed and became effective in July 2020. He continues to advocate for paid family leave at the federal level.
TCG helps employees reach their personal goals by giving them support and gifts when they reach big life milestones such as buying a house, having a baby, retirement, anniversaries with the company, and more. TCG provides financial assistance to those interested in adopting or fostering a child, adopting a pet, provides financial counseling, subsidized legal services, and other perqs that help employees in their day-to-day lives. Additionally, TCG provides employees with a yearly allowance for professional development and student loan repayment assistance.
During the pandemic and now, TCG doubled down on providing mental health support and resources to TCGers and their families. In addition to expanding sick leave options, TCG purchased a subscription to Headspace for all TCGers. Headspace teaches the essentials of meditation and mindfulness, and provides simple exercises to add extra mindfulness to one’s day. The Employee Happiness team also started a weekly newsletter that included articles and resources for managing stress, working from home, homeschooling while working, dealing with loss, and all the other stressors that people experienced during the pandemic.
TCG aims to improve the world around us, in big and little ways, every day, for our staff, clients, and community. TCG provides the federal government with IT and management advisory services in Agile development, federal shared services, budget formulation and execution, and health science analytics that help government programs and America succeed. Visit our website to learn more. www.tcg.com.
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