News Release

Workplace Excellence Seal Of Approval Awarded To Verizon Wireless For Sixth Consecutive Year In Maryland

Company Also Honored With 2008 Health & Wellness Trailblazer Award From Alliance for Workplace Excellence

June 18, 2008

John Johnson
John.H.Johnson@VerizonWireless.com
240-568-1429Sherri Cunningham
202-364-5856

LAUREL, MD — Verizon Wireless has received double honors from the Alliance for Workplace Excellence, a nonprofit group dedicated to building and recognizing outstanding workplaces. For the sixth consecutive year, the Alliance presented Verizon Wireless with its Workplace Excellence Seal of Approval, which recognizes visionary employers that view workplace excellence as a strategic business imperative.

The company was also named a 2008 Health & Wellness Trailblazer, an award initiated to honor employers demonstrating exemplary commitment to the overall physical and mental health of their workforce.

According to the Alliance, winning employers are selected after a comprehensive evaluation process by an independent review panel of professors, Ph. D students of business, and industrial and organizational psychology and human resources professionals.

"We applaud Verizon Wireless for realizing that creating a sustained culture of workplace excellence makes good business sense," said Fiona Gathright, acting executive director of the Alliance for Workplace Excellence. "Each of the selected winners strives to raise the bar for workplace excellence and demonstrates to the business community that workplace excellence is not just a 'nice thing to do' but is a strategic business imperative for financial success."

Verizon Wireless has been recognized frequently for its programs addressing the work/life needs of employees. Nationally, the company has been named one of Working Mother magazine's "100 Best Companies for Working Mothers" for six years in a row, and Health Magazine named the company one of 10 U.S. employers to best help women balance their professional and personal responsibilities.

Verizon Wireless Regional President Tami Erwin said, "As the mother of two teenagers, I've been fortunate to take advantage of Verizon Wireless' family-friendly policies which have allowed me and thousands of my fellow employees to strike the right work/life balance. We're proud to receive this award recognizing our workplace and our culture. We put a premium on our work environment and on our employees' health and well being, and I'm happy that others have recognized it."

Verizon Wireless' Laurel, Md., regional headquarters, its Hanover facility, and many of the company's nationwide workplaces have fitness centers employing one or more coaches who promote employee fitness. The centers offer personal training, nutrition seminars, and a range of exercise classes including Pilates for Pregnancy, a class exclusively for expectant mothers. In addition, moms-to-be can participate in online physician seminars throughout their pregnancies and take advantage of on-site lactation rooms after their babies are born.

Locally, the company has been recognized by the Baltimore Business Journal, Baltimore Magazine and Washingtonian Magazine as one of the best regional workplaces.

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable wireless voice and data network, serving 67.2 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 69,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). For more information, go to: www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.

About The Alliance for Workplace Excellence
The Alliance for Workplace Excellence, (AWE), is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded by Montgomery County, Maryland and Discovery Communication, LLC. The organization is funded by Montgomery County, Chamber of Commerce, and is sponsored by MyEyeDr., Alliant Insurance Strategies, and Wellness Corporate Solutions. For more information contact Liz Sobrino at Liz@wellnesscorporatesolutions.org.  

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