ESA Continues to Grow with New People Forward Initiatives
April 24, 2023
Orlando, FL, - ESA, a leading provider of clean energy solutions headquartered in Central Florida, announced today that the growing firm is focusing on building a top Orlando workplace by doubling down on a people-forward culture. Amid uncertain economic times, and mass layoffs, ESA is committed to adding new jobs, and advancing an innovative and inclusive workplace for employees. In the last six months ESA has unveiled several new internal benefits and initiatives to support its growing team and foster a culture of excellence and innovation, including the hiring of a new People Operations Manager.
Listed as a Fast 50 company by Orlando Business Journal for the past three years, ESA has seen a 35% growth in revenue, with this year expected to nearly double 2022 revenue volume. This growth comes because of the passing of the Federal Inflation Reduction ACT (IRA) which provided new tax incentives and opportunities for clean energy technology. These new tax incentives and programs have skyrocketed demand for ESA’s projects, serving large corporate enterprises, investors, and utilities across the United States. With a 40% increase in new employee hires in the past year, ESA expects to grow to over 100 employees by the end of 2023.
As part of its expansion plans, ESA has recently begun to double its current office square footage, which will accommodate its current staff and allow for future growth. The new office features state-of-the-art facilities, collaborative workspaces, and wellness amenities to create a people centered environment.
In addition, ESA has partnered with the University of Central Florida (UCF) to continue to foster a successful internship program that provides students with hands-on learning opportunities and mentorship from ESA's experts. The program aims to attract and develop the next generation of engineers and project developers who share ESA's vision of delivering high-quality clean energy solutions to its clients.
As part of its commitment to creating a positive and inclusive work environment, ESA has also launched several new initiatives to enhance its employee benefits and community involvement. These include:
Offering flexible work arrangements, such as hybrid and remote work options, as well as compressed work weeks, to support work-life balance and reduce carbon footprint fits and building a community and people-focused culture that gives back.
Increasing paid time off and parental leave policies to allow employees more time to rest and recharge. ESA currently offers a total of 30 days of paid time off per year for salaried full time employees.
Partnering with local nonprofits and environmental organizations, such as IDEAS For Us, to support social and environmental causes. ESA recently participated in a beach clean-up event at New Smyrna Beach, where employees collected over 80 pounds of trash debris and microplastics. IDEAS had previously hosted a tree planting event for the ESA team at Kelly Park Springs.
ESA has also hired a new People Operations Manager, Falen Bell. Falen brings over 7 years of experience in human resources and organizational development to the ESA team. She will be responsible for overseeing the company's talent acquisition, employee engagement, performance management, and diversity and inclusion efforts.
"We are thrilled to announce these initiatives that reflect our commitment to our people and our community," said Morgan Brawner, VP of ESA. "Falen is a great addition to our leadership team and we are excited to have her onboard. She shares our vision of building a better workplace for our employees and a better future for our planet. We believe that investing in our people, our culture, and our partnership is the best way to achieve our strategic goals and deliver exceptional value to our clients and partners.”
"I am so excited to join this team at ESA and the culture that has been built. I’m so excited to continue to find ways to grow and improve as the company adds more and more new talented people to the roster," said Falen Bell, People Operations Manager of ESA. "We want our employees to feel valued, respected, and empowered to make a difference. We also want to give back to the communities we serve and protect the environment we depend on. These initiatives are just some of the ways we are doing that.”
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