In its more than 25 years in business, Warwick-based Atrion Networking Corp. has learned the value of facilitating connections and collaboration for its clients. Those lessons have also served Atrion well when it comes to dealing with its most-prized asset: its staff.
According to CEO Tim Hebert, the guiding philosophy that moves Atrion forward is its commitment to one central purpose: “to have a positive impact.” This can be seen throughout the community, where it educates young women in science and technology fields through GRRL Tech, commits to hiring veterans of the military and gives time and resources to local nonprofits such as YearUp.
But Hebert said that, ultimately, having a positive impact begins with the 225 employees who make up Atrion’s workforce.
“We have a positive impact on our employee’s lives,” said Hebert. “So you’ll see us do a lot of things around training and development that no one in our industry is doing at all. We are 10 steps ahead of everyone else in terms of our apprenticeship programs and acceleration programs.”
Atrion is powered by the notion that fostering the ethos of advancement and leadership in each employee is paramount to the company’s success. Hebert said Atrion has “doubled its investment almost year after year” in employees via advancement programs.
An acceleration program started last year gives employees who have been with the company for three to four years – or outside of the company with some experience in the field – “a shot in the arm,” said Hebert. “It’s a 10-week intensive program that jump-starts their career. We move them to a higher responsibility level and a higher wage level in the IT industry.”
About 35 new employees have trained through the program, while 15 existing Atrion employees were given the chance to move onward and upward through the intensive skill-building process.