Hager Sharp is proud to be named one of The Washington Post’s 2023 Top Workplaces, a recognition awarded to companies that excel in putting employees first.  The winners are chosen based solely employee feedback gathered through an anonymous third-party survey. Among the 200 companies recognized, Hager Sharp was the only Washington, D.C. public relations and marketing agency to make the list and we ranked 43 out of 82 overall in the “small company” category (companies with fewer than 150 employees).

This recognition comes as Hager Sharp celebrates its 50th Anniversary as a leading women-founded agency dedicated to helping people live healthier, smarter, and safer lives through innovative and strategic marketing and communications. This month we also celebrate 15 years of being 100% employee owned. Hager Sharp’s Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) is a highly unique benefit in our industry and one that truly sets us apart and contributes to our special company culture.

As an owner, every Hager Sharper is empowered to help set and carry out our strategic vision and growth plans. This includes our dedication to working solely with organizations that take on critical issues like fighting for equity in education, improving public health, empowering vulnerable populations, and transforming communities. Our independence enables us to pursue clients and projects that align with our personal priorities and interests.

Through our Employee Ownership Council (EOC), representatives of each of the agency’s professional levels gather quarterly to share feedback received from their peers, ask questions, and offer ideas to continue to enhance to our company culture. As an example, a few years ago, the EOC developed Hager Sharp’s Top 10 Inclusive Behaviors – THE TEN – that has become a core feature of how we seek to build a thriving culture based on respect and understanding. This group also spearheads monthly events that bring our team together – like carb-loading for Pi Day and National Pretzel Day, a 1970s themed party, and co-creation of a Hager Sharp playlist.

Hager Sharp also encourages employees to give back to their communities in ways that align with their personal passions. Each year, the company provides paid time off for volunteering (called Hager Hours) and employees routinely share volunteering opportunities with one another. Just last week, all Hager Sharpers spent a morning together planting and harvesting produce at a local farm that supplies food to a local food bank. Together, logged hundreds of hours of volunteer time and planted more than 7,500 sweet potato plants that are expected to yield about 38,000 sweet potatoes valued at approximately $36,000.

We know that creating a top workplace is about more than offering great benefits and paid time off – although we certainly do that.

  • It’s about fostering camaraderie within and across teams.
  • It’s about offering professional development and training in multiple formats – and encouraging staff to participate.
  • It’s about creating an atmosphere where staff can pursue professional goals and take risks knowing their colleagues are there to support them.
  • It’s about acknowledging and learning from mistakes.
  • It’s about celebrating everyone being their authentic selves.
  • It’s about ensuring transparency and promoting courageous conversations.
  • It’s about supporting flexible hours and workplaces to enable work-life integration that works for everyone.
  • It’s about challenging each other to strive for continual improvement in all we do, and never being satisfied with the status quo.

It’s about all of this and much more.

What makes The Washington Post’s 2023 Top Workplaces recognition so special is knowing that our employees think Hager Sharp is a great place to be and that the culture we have built together is award-worthy.

To become a Hager Sharp employee-owner, check out our career opportunities page and stay connected with us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn to learn how our employees create and execute ideas that make a difference for our clients, communities, and each other.