Work-Life Balance

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Some of our staff find friendly competition – on the softball field or golf course – as a way to build relationships and just blow off a little steam. Others find rejuvenation in a yoga class. IDA provides tennis courts and a well-equipped gym. In short, IDA benefits from employees who are fulfilled, engaged, intellectually nourished, and thriving.

Although the work of IDA is vital to our Nation’s security and our research is serious, IDA offers many opportunities outside the workday to engage in collaborative, collegial, and mind- and body-refreshing activities. IDA works closely with the Alexandria City Public School System by providing tutors and mentors. We also host an annual “Science Unrestricted” event for ACPS in which many of our staff participate both as volunteers and as participants with their own children.

Health and Wellness

IDA promotes healthy lifestyles and we encourage our employees to join our yoga clubs and sports leagues and use our on-site fitness center with onsite showers. IDA’s Benefits Team offers all employees seminars on Financial Wellness, Medicare and Social Security, Bio-metric screenings, Fitbit giveaways, massages on relaxation day, and monthly newsletters focusing on important topics such as heart health, stress reduction and mental health.





IDA's gym

National Bike Challenge

national bike challenge


IDA staff members playing basketball during March Madness tournament


three people in a yoga position

people doing a yoga stretch


ida employee playing tennis

IDA employees playing tennis