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PNNL ranked one of the top 100 training organizations

March 14, 2005 Share This!

RICHLAND, Wash. – In recognition of its excellence in staff development and management practices, the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has received a 2005 Training Top 100 Award from Training magazine. PNNL placed 23rd on the list of 100 outstanding organizations, joining firms like IBM, Pfizer Inc. and Sprint Corp. as the nation's top training leaders.

Training magazine's annual award recognizes 100 outstanding training programs from organizations in a variety of industries, ranging from manufacturing to insurance and banking to government. This is the second consecutive year that PNNL has been acknowledged for exceptional training practices.

"We are extremely honored to receive this award," said PNNL Director Len Peters. "This recognition acknowledges that we are providing our staff with tools that will enhance their workplace experience and strengthen our ability to deliver outstanding science and technology."

PNNL's training programs have resulted in significant savings at the laboratory, including an estimated $5.5 million in recruiting, hiring and relocation costs in the last five years as a result of the laboratory's management skills development program. The retention rate for managers who have participated in this program is 300 percent higher than the average retention rate at PNNL.

"Our approach to maintaining a healthy work environment is based on the premise that highly engaged staff will drive innovation and move the organization toward higher levels of scientific creativity, productivity and workplace safety," said Paula Linnen, vice president and director, PNNL Human Resources.

Training magazine is a 40-year old professional development magazine that advocates training and workforce development as a business tool.

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Interdisciplinary teams at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory address many of America's most pressing issues in energy, the environment and national security through advances in basic and applied science. Founded in 1965, PNNL employs 4,300 staff and has an annual budget of about $950 million. It is managed by Battelle for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science. As the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States, the Office of Science is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time. For more information on PNNL, visit the PNNL News Center, or follow PNNL on Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn and Twitter.

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