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Paragus, R.H. White Named ‘Employers of Choice’ by EANE

AGAWAM — Two Massachusetts businesses were selected as Employer of Choice Award recipients by the Employers Assoc. of the NorthEast (EANE). Paragus Strategic IT of Hadley and R.H. White Construction Companies, based in Auburn, received their awards at EANE’s Employment Law and HR Practices Conference on Nov. 4.

Winners of the Employer of Choice Award are recognized for developing a culture for transforming and rewarding employee performance. Entrants are judged in categories that include company culture, training and development, communication, recognition and reward, and work-life balance.

“Both R.H. White and Paragus have succeeded in creating amazing workplace cultures which maximize employee engagement, creativity, and organizational success,” said Meredith Wise, president of EANE. “They are truly connected to their communities, contributing financially as well as with staff time and talent to various charities and events.”

Paragus Strategic IT employees attend 90 to 100 hours of learning and development each year. In 2012, the company was ranked by Inc. magazine as one of the 5,000 fastest-growing companies in the country. R.H. White Construction Companies celebrated its 90th anniversary last year with a goal to raise $90,000 for local charities; the company actually raised $156,000. It provides more than $700,000 in safety-related training to employees annually.

Employers who have been in business for at least three years and have a minimum of 25 employees are eligible to participate; both the company size and its resources are considered in the screening and selection process. Sponsored by EANE and the Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce, the award has been given since 2011.

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