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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

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

                      red-entures

                        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

                              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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                                10 Huge Differences Between A Boss And A Leader

                                10 Huge Differences Between A Boss And A Leader

                                When you try to think of a leader at your place of work, you might think of your boss – you know, the supervisor in the tasteful office down the hall.

                                However, bosses are not the only leaders in the office, and not every boss has mastered the art of excellent leadership. Maybe the best leader you know is the co-worker sitting at the desk next to yours who is always willing to loan out her stapler and help you problem solve.

                                You see, a boss’ main priority is to efficiently cross items off of the corporate to-do list, while a true leader both completes tasks and works to empower and motivate the people he or she interacts with on a daily basis.

                                A leader is someone who works to improve things instead of focusing on the negatives. People acknowledge the authority of a boss, but people cherish a true leader.

                                Puzzled about what it takes to be a great leader? Let’s take a look at the difference between a boss and a leader, and why cultivating quality leadership skills is essential for people who really want to make a positive impact.

                                1. Leaders are compassionate human beings; bosses are cold.

                                It can be easy to equate professionalism with robot-like impersonal behavior. Many bosses stay holed up in their offices and barely ever interact with staff.

                                Even if your schedule is packed, you should always make time to reach out to the people around you. Remember that when you ask someone to share how they are feeling, you should be prepared to be vulnerable and open in your communication as well.

                                Does acting human at the office sound silly? It’s not.

                                A lack of compassion in the office leads to psychological turmoil, whereas positive connection leads to healthier staff.[1]

                                If people feel that you are being open, honest and compassionate with them, they will feel able to approach your office with what is on their minds, leading to a more productive and stress-free work environment.

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                                2. Leaders say “we”; bosses say “I”.

                                Practice developing a team-first mentality when thinking and speaking. In meetings, talk about trying to meet deadlines as a team instead of using accusatory “you” phrases. This makes it clear that you are a part of the team, too, and that you are willing to work hard and support your team members.

                                Let me explain:

                                A “we” mentality shifts the office dynamic from “trying to make the boss happy” to a spirit of teamwork, goal-setting, and accomplishment.

                                A “we” mentality allows for the accountability and community that is essential in the modern day workplace.

                                3. Leaders develop and invest in people; bosses use people.

                                Unfortunately, many office climates involve people using others to get what they want or to climb the corporate ladder. This is another example of the “me first” mentality that is so toxic in both office environments and personal relationships.

                                Instead of using others or focusing on your needs, think about how you can help other people grow.

                                Use your building blocks of compassion and team-mentality to stay attuned to the needs of others note the areas in which you can help them develop. A great leader wants to see his or her people flourish.

                                Make a list of ways you can invest in your team members to help them develop personally and professionally, and then take action!

                                4. Leaders respect people; bosses are fear-mongering.

                                Earning respect from everyone on your team will take time and commitment, but the rewards are worth every ounce of effort.

                                A boss who is a poor leader may try to control the office through fear and bully-like behavior. Employees who are petrified about their performance or who feel overwhelmed and stressed by unfair deadlines are probably working for a boss who uses a fear system instead of a respect system.

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                                What’s the bottom line?

                                Work to build respect among your team by treating everyone with fairness and kindness. Maintain a positive tone and stay reliable for those who approach you for help.

                                5. Leaders give credit where it’s due; bosses only take credits.

                                Looking for specific ways to gain respect from your colleagues and employees? There is no better place to start than with the simple act of giving credit where it is due.

                                Don’t be tempted to take credit for things you didn’t do, and always go above and beyond to generously acknowledge those who worked on a project and performed well.

                                You might be wondering how you can get started:

                                • Begin by simply noticing which team member contributes what during your next project at work.
                                • If possible, make mental notes. Remember that these notes should not be about ways in which team members are failing, but about ways in which they are excelling.
                                • Depending on your leadership style, let people know how well they are doing either in private one-on-one meetings or in a group setting. Be honest and generous in your communication about a person’s performance.

                                6. Leaders see delegation as their best friend; bosses see it as an enemy.

                                If delegation is a leader’s best friend, then micromanagement is the enemy.

                                Delegation equates to trust and micromanagement equates to distrust. Nothing is more frustrating for an employee than feeling that his or her every movement is being critically observed.

                                Encourage trust in your office by delegating important tasks and acknowledging that your people are capable, smart individuals who can succeed!

                                Delegation is a great way to cash in on the positive benefits of a psychological phenomenon called a self-fulfilling prophecy. In a self-fulfilling prophecy, a person’s expectations of another person can cause the expectations to be fulfilled.[2]

                                In other words, if you truly believe that your team member can handle a project or task, he or she is more likely to deliver.

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                                Learn how to delegate in my other article:

                                How to Delegate Work (the Definitive Guide for Successful Leaders)

                                7. Leaders work hard; bosses let others do the work.

                                Delegation is not an excuse to get out of hard work. Instead of telling people to go accomplish the hardest work alone, make it clear that you are willing to pitch in and help with the hardest work of all when the need arises.

                                Here’s the deal:

                                Showing others that you work hard sets the tone for your whole team and will spur them on to greatness.

                                The next time you catch yourself telling someone to “go”, a.k.a accomplish a difficult task alone, change your phrasing to “let’s go”, showing that you are totally willing to help and support.

                                8. Leaders think long-term; bosses think short-term.

                                A leader who only utilizes short-term thinking is someone who cannot be prepared or organized for the future. Your colleagues or staff members need to know that they can trust you to have a handle on things not just this week, but next month or even next year.

                                Display your long-term thinking skills in group talks and meetings by sharing long-term hopes or concerns. Create plans for possible scenarios and be prepared for emergencies.

                                For example, if you know that you are losing someone on your team in a few months, be prepared to share a clear plan of how you and the remaining team members can best handle the change and workload until someone new is hired.

                                9. Leaders are like your colleagues; bosses are just bosses.

                                Another word for colleague is collaborator. Make sure your team knows that you are “one of them” and that you want to collaborate or work side by side.

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                                Not getting involved in the going ons of the office is a mistake because you will miss out on development and connection opportunities.

                                As our regular readers know, I love to remind people of the importance of building routines into each day. Create a routine that encourages you to leave your isolated office and collaborate with others. Spark healthy habits that benefit both you and your co-workers.

                                10. Leaders put people first; bosses put results first.

                                Bosses without crucial leadership training may focus on process and results instead of people. They may stick to a pre-set systems playbook even when employees voice new ideas or concerns.

                                Ignoring people’s opinions for the sake of company tradition like this is never truly beneficial to an organization.

                                Here’s what I mean by process over people:

                                Some organizations focus on proper structures or systems as their greatest assets instead of people. I believe that people lend real value to an organization, and that focusing on the development of people is a key ingredient for success in leadership.

                                Learning to be a leader is an ongoing adventure.

                                This list of differences makes it clear that, unlike an ordinary boss, a leader is able to be compassionate, inclusive, generous, and hard-working for the good of the team.

                                Instead of being a stereotypical scary or micromanaging-obsessed boss, a quality leader is able to establish an atmosphere of respect and collaboration.

                                Whether you are new to your work environment or a seasoned administrator, these leadership traits will help you get a jump start so that you can excel as a leader and positively impact the people around you.

                                For more inspiration and guidance, you can even start keeping tabs on some of the world’s top leadership experts. With an adventurous and positive attitude, anyone can learn good leadership.

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