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The 15 Healthiest Companies In America That Everyone Longs To Work For

The 15 Healthiest Companies In America That Everyone Longs To Work For
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Employers know that talented professionals have multiple job offers. In an effort to win the war for talent and help their staff thrive, these fifteen companies have developed a range of health and wellness benefits. If you are tired of disappointing insurance programs and lack of respect for families, look into working for these companies who care.

1. General Electric – Unlimited Vacation And Top Notch Health Care

GE

    General Electric is a global company with over 100,000 employees. The company is best known for products such as jet engines, home appliances and other hard goods. In recent years, the company has upgraded and expanded employee benefits considerably. More than one third of the company’s U.S. workforce receives unlimited vacation time. In addition, the company provides above average health care services. Employees have access to a 24/7 health hotline and a service to get a second expert medical opinion on their situation.

    2. EMC – Great Benefits For Parents and Families

    EMC

      EMC is known for cloud computing and other computer services. For successful professionals with families, EMC has much to offer. The company provides onsite daycare services. In addition, parents receives a four week paid parental leave. To encourage healthy actions, the company provides discounted health coverage to staff who engage in actions such as exercise and getting a flu shot.

      3. Microsoft – Outstanding Support For Volunteers

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      Microsoft

        As one of the world’s leading technology companies, Microsoft is respected for products such as Office, Windows and the X-Box entertainment system. To set itself apart from other companies, Microsoft provides great benefits to professionals who care about the world. Microsoft employees who volunteer can apply for a matching contribution for their donations. There is also a program that recognizes the value of volunteer hours – the company provides a donation of $25 per hour for volunteer time.

        4. General Mills – Convenient Health Services

        General Mills

          Known for packaged food products like Captain Crunch, General Mills understands the value of employee health. Employees at several locations have access to on-site gyms and a health clinic. This is a great health benefit for employees with packed schedules. The company’s foundation also donates to various charitable causes to improve the health and wellness of the broader community.

          5. Genentech – Six Week Paid Sabbatical Leave

          Genentech

            This California company has created some of the world’s most popular heath care products such as cancer treatments and synthetic insulin. It will come as no surprise that the organiation offers good health benefits. The benefit that sets Genentech apart is the six week paid sabbatical every six years to salaried employees. This benefit gives staff an extended opportunity to explore new interests and refresh themselves. What an excellent way to boost mental health.

            6. SAS – Onsite Health Services and Generous Vacation

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            SAS entrance and signage

              This business software company serves Fortune 500 companies and other large organizations to organize information for decision making. Commuting to clinics and health care providers adds stress to life. Given that reality, SAS provides a variety of onsite health services including a pharmacy and physical therapy services. SAS provides a great vacation policy. Not only do staff receive a three week paid vacation, but the office closes between Christmas and New Year’s.

              7. Twitter – Above Average Maternity Leave

              Twitter

                The microblogging service company has grown rapidly to over two hundred million users. Keeping the company growing rapidly is a challenge and puts pressure on staff. That’s why Twitter has provided good benefits to employees. Mothers receive five months of paid time off while fathers receive ten weeks of paid leave. Above and beyond those benefits, Twitter also offers onsite Crossfit classes at the headquarters office.

                8. Whole Foods Market – Grocery Discounts For Staff

                In this May 3, 2011 photo, shoppers depart a Whole Foods Market store location in Providence, R.I. Whole Foods Market Inc. reports quarterly financial earnings Wednesday, May 4, 2011, after the market close. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
                  In this May 3, 2011 photo, shoppers depart a Whole Foods Market store location in Providence, R.I. Whole Foods Market Inc. reports quarterly financial earnings Wednesday, May 4, 2011, after the market close. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

                  Whole Foods has rapidly become one of America’s most popular grocery stores through a focus on high quality produce and food. Whole Foods Market employees receive a staff discount of approximately 20% off. That’s a great way to make your dollars go further especially if you prefer high cost organic food. In addition, the company also donates a percentage of profits to the community. For foodies who love to cook at home, Whole Foods Market is a highly attractive company.

                  9. Mayo Clinic – Support for Adoption

                  MayoClinic

                    Delivering high quality health care is the signature of the Mayo Clinic. With over 50,000 staff, the Mayo Clinic offers an excellent employee experience. For parents interested in adopting a child, the Mayo Clinic provides up to $10,000 in assistance. That’s a special and rare benefit that goes a long way to making the adoption process easier to manage.

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                    10. Google – Onsite Meals And Shuttle Service To The Office

                    Google

                      As one of the most popular and profitable Internet companies in the world, Google is the #1 employer of choice for many technology professionals. In addition to challenging projects, Google offers outstanding employee benefits and perks. For example, the company operates a free shuttle service for staff who live in the Mountain View, CA area. In addition to free commuting, Google staff also enjoy gourmet meals on campus. Few companies can match Google’s outstanding commitment to technology and employee benefits.

                      Tip: For a glimpse at Google’s benefits, look into the Talks @ Google program. The company brings in noted authors such as Ryan Holiday, Dorie Clark and Andy Weir to give presentations to inspire and educate their employees.

                      11. Red Ventures – Onsite Sports Facilities For Fun And Stress Relief

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                        After a long day building marketing campaigns, Red Ventures employees do not have to travel far to relax. The company provides a basketball court, yoga studio and a fitness center for employees. Physical fitness is a key way to manage stress after all. Other impressive benefits offered by the company include annual company trips to sunny destinations and paid vacation time.

                        12. Rodale Inc. – Outdoor and Indoor Fitness Facilities To Keep Going Rain or Shine

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                        Rodale

                          Known for health and lifestyle publications such as Women’s Health and Men’s Health, Rodale is committed to supporting fitness for staff. Rodale employees have access to fitness classes, an onsite jogging track and nutrition tracking tools. If you are committed to health and fitness goals, Rodale is a great employer to consider.

                          13. Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants – Health Prevention & Crisis Assistance

                          The Kimpton Hotel & Restaurants LLC sign is seen on the facade of the Hotel Monaco in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011. Kimpton Hotel is a hospitality company that owns and manages hotels and restaurants operating in the U.S. and is based in San Francisco. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images
                            The Kimpton Hotel & Restaurants LLC sign is seen on the facade of the Hotel Monaco in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011. Kimpton Hotel is a hospitality company that owns and manages hotels and restaurants operating in the U.S. and is based in San Francisco. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images

                            As we journey through life, surprises and disasters strike without warning. That’s why Kimpton has developed an excellent employee assistance program. This program provides short-term counseling, funeral planning services, will preparation, and other assistance services. These programs mean that life’s difficult moments become much easier to manage.

                            14. Zappos – Party And Then Take A Nap

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                              Famous for top notch customer service, Zappos has worked hard to build and sustain a positive company culture unique in America. Zappos runs staff parties with dancing, music and other fun activities. For staff who have had too much, there are also nap rooms where you can take a rest.

                              Tip: For more insight on Zappos, read Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh.

                              15. KIND – Free Healthy Snacks And Physician Snacks

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                              KIND

                                This New York based company produces healthy snacks for customers around the world. To live up to its name, KIND provides several notable health and wellness benefits. Local doctors visit the office to make check-ups easy. There are also plenty of free KIND snacks for employees to enjoy every day.

                                Featured photo credit: Healthy Man/Mojpe via pixabay.com

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                                Published on July 27, 2021

                                15 Smart Video Conferencing Etiquette Tips to Follow

                                15 Smart Video Conferencing Etiquette Tips to Follow
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                                During the pandemic, video conferencing replaced in-person meetings and has now become the standard option for business meetings. Over the past 17 months, most workers have gotten past the video conferencing learning curve with Zoom or Microsoft Teams (or their platform of choice).

                                But just as with in-person meetings, attention can wax and wane. Some say we’re just not used to staring at ourselves so much on the screen. Instead of fixating on that, try employing smart video conferencing etiquette, or you may risk indiscretions that will flag you as a slacker.

                                Put the Pro in Professional

                                After more than a year of fine-tuning, here are the new rules of video conferencing etiquette.

                                1. Mute Your Mobile and Other Devices

                                The first video conference etiquette you need to know is muting your other devices. Just as in the pre-COVID days, someone’s obnoxious ring tone blaring Taylor Swift’s newest single in the middle of a meeting is also an annoyance if it happens during a Zoom meeting and so is the inevitable fumbling to turn off the sound. Even the apologies to the group get tiresome.

                                Also, when notifications are activated on the computer that you’re using for the meeting, the incoming message takes over the audio and you’ll miss out on snippets of the conversation. Be sure to eliminate this possible faux pas.

                                2. Dress the Part

                                While working from home, you may have fallen into the habit of slipping on your comfiest T-shirt each day. Hey, no judgments! But before you log on to your video conference, try to make an effort with your appearance.

                                Depending on your company culture and the importance of your meeting, consider dressing the part of the professional whom you wish to project. It will help you feel more self-assured, and others will likely take you more seriously.

                                For women, wear light make-up, put on earrings, and make sure your blouse is crisply pressed. For men, show up freshly shaved. Wearing a crisp collared shirt in a solid color will usually suffice.

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                                Pro Tip: Stay away from wearing white or black, unless those colors look great on you. Consider wearing light blue or brown instead.

                                3. Stage Your Workspace

                                Have you noticed the backdrops of experts interviewed on news shows? Bookshelves and photographs are carefully curated, and no busy-patterned furniture or artwork is in sight.

                                Take note of what appears behind you when you choose the location of your video conferences. Piles of junk mail on the table or stacks of folded laundry on the couch will convey more about your personal life than you care to share. Make sure you remove clutter from the camera’s eye, and present a tidy, orderly workspace to your colleagues, coworkers, and bosses.

                                4. Put Some Thought Into Lighting and Perspective

                                Be aware that in a video conference, your computer camera can actually make you look up to ten pounds heavier depending on where you sit. But you can easily drop those added pounds by moving back from the screen to diminish the wide-angle distortion.

                                Frame your head on the screen by tilting the screen up or down. Also, it’s best to not place yourself in front of a window or bright light, which makes you appear in shadow. Instead, face the light source, moving it (or yourself) until you have a flattering amount of illumination. You can also purchase some small spotlights that allow you to add light as needed.

                                Pro Tip: If your lights add too much redness to your skin, consider counter-balancing with a green filter.

                                Remember That Half of Life Is Showing Up

                                5. Arrive on Time

                                In the old days of in-person meetings, it was nearly impossible to slip in late into a meeting unnoticed. In today’s video conferences, logging in late still shows poor form. Instead, strive to arrive five minutes early and get yourself settled.

                                Once the meeting is underway, the host may be less attentive about late arrivals waiting to be let in. Diverting the host’s attention away from the meeting with a tardy entry request is the ultimate giveaway that you didn’t honor the schedule. If you don’t want a black mark against you, log in on time.

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                                6. Turn on Your Video

                                Few people like to see their face on the screen, but buck up and turn on your camera in video conferences. In most cases, it’s better to be a face on a screen than a name in a blank square. Your statements will be more memorable when other meeting attendees can see you.

                                If you need to turn off the video, either because of a poor connection, some commotion in the room, or a need for a quick break, give a short explanation via the chat feature. Then, go back on video as soon as you’re able.

                                Pro Tip: Keep your explanation for your departure pithy. “Sorry! Doorbell rang. Back in five” says it all. Be sure to honor what you say in chat and really do return in five minutes.

                                7. Plan Ahead Before Sharing Your Screen

                                Don’t be one of those people who makes everyone else wait as you click through folders in search of a document. That’s just poor video conferencing etiquette. If you know you’ll need to share a document or video on your screen, prepare by pulling it out of its folder and onto your desktop. Also, clean up the files and folders on your desktop to reduce clutter and facilitate easy access. Close other programs like chat, calendar notifications, and email. Disable pop-up notifications to ensure there’ll be no unforeseen distractions.

                                Be sure to remind the host before the meeting that you’ll need them to activate the screen-sharing function. Show courtesy once you’re finished by hitting “stop share” to return to the screen with participants.

                                Attend to the Pesky Details

                                8. Make Sure That Meetings Remain Right-Sized

                                With the easy accessibility of video conferencing, it can be tempting to extend the meeting invitation beyond the core group and include everyone peripherally involved in a project. But just as with in-person meetings, the more people involved, the more unwieldy the meeting becomes.

                                Use good judgment when asking others to sit through a video conference so that you don’t needlessly take up others’ time and so that participants can be fully engaged.

                                9. Remember to “Unmute” Before You Speak

                                Most of us are likely able to count on one hand the number of video conferences when someone didn’t have to be reminded, “You’re on mute!” Forgetting to unmute before speaking has become one of the most common missteps in video conferencing.[1]

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                                Show everyone your impeccable video-conferencing poise by managing your mute feature with flawless control.

                                10. Stay on Point to Keep the Meeting Length in Check

                                As with in-person meetings, an agenda with assigned time limits for discussions remains necessary to keep a meeting focused. Data shows, however, that video conferencing can actually reduce meeting time.[2] Reasons include the elimination of commuting time and the ability to screen share and annotate to keep everyone on task.

                                Additionally, side conversations are virtually impossible with video conferencing now that you can no longer have back-and-forth exchanges with the person beside you.

                                Pro Tip: If you’re running the meeting, let attendees know in advance the protocol for the chat feature. Is it okay for them to “chat among themselves” or not? (See point 11, as well.)

                                Talking Has a Time and a Place

                                11. Chat Appropriately

                                Just like side conversations or texting in an in-person meeting, the use of the chat feature during a video conference can be disrespectful unless it’s directed to all participants. Hence, it’s good video conferencing etiquette to mind your use of the chat.

                                At the start of the meeting, you may want to ask the host if it’s alright for participants to use the chat feature. This allows them to disable it if they choose. Used appropriately, it can be a helpful tool to clarify or amplify an earlier point once the conversation has moved on or to let the group know that you need to sign off early (and why).

                                12. Use the “Raise Hand” Feature to Avoid Interruptions

                                The slight lag in many video conferences can result in speaking over another person if you attempt to jump into a conversation. To avoid this awkward interruption, indicate when you have something to add to the discussion with the raise-your-hand feature that signals the host you would like to speak. This effective meeting management device makes video conferencing run more smoothly, especially with a large group, but it must be activated and monitored by the host.

                                Pro Tip: For meetings of six to ten people, sometimes the old-fashioned raising of your physical hand may be the best option. But it’s up to the meeting host. Ask them what they would prefer, and follow that.

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                                13. Don’t Record the Session or Take Photos Without Prior Permission

                                In this case, not sharing is caring. The “sharing culture” made popular through social media has little place in video conferencing. Before recording a meeting or capturing a screenshot of the participants, always ask for consent in advance from the full roster of attendees. Knowing that a video conference will be photographed or recorded could have a bearing on what others are willing to discuss.

                                Manage Yourself

                                14. Minimize Distractions

                                While de-activating audio and video features can keep distractions from affecting the other participants, you will need to manage noise and disruptions on your end to give your full attention to the meeting.

                                Move out of high-traffic zones in your home, keep your door closed, and ask family members to be considerate.

                                15. Save Snacking for Later

                                Save snacking for later—or earlier. Eating while on video conference is a no-no. Munching in front of the group while close to the camera—as you are when video conferencing—subjects the participants to an up-close and (too) personal view of your food consumption process.

                                However, it’s perfectly fine to sip quietly from a glass of water or cup of coffee or tea. If the meeting threatens to last for more than two hours, you may want to ask the host in advance to schedule a five-minute break at the halfway point.

                                Final Thoughts

                                Even though bosses are now beginning to ask workers to spend some of their workdays on-site, up to 80 percent will permit employees to work remotely at least part of the time, which means more video conferencing in your future.[3] Mastering these video conferencing etiquette tips will help you dial in—as well as dial back—your participation and demonstrate your unwavering level of engagement to the team.

                                Featured photo credit: Chris Montgomery via unsplash.com

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