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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

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    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

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                    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

                              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 Key Characteristics of a Highly Successful Entrepreneur

                                10 Key Characteristics of a Highly Successful Entrepreneur

                                When it comes to starting your own business and pursuing your dream of becoming an entrepreneur, it can be advantageous to go all in and embrace the flexibility of finally quitting your day job.

                                Keep in mind, though, that it takes a special kind of person to take the business world by storm: a person who has cultivated the key characteristics of entrepreneurial success.

                                People with these characteristics are likely to succeed, whereas people without them have difficulty moving forward with even the most brilliant business ideas.

                                These characteristics of an entrepreneur are so important that I’ve decided to cover all 10 of them in detail so that you can start your business with your best foot forward.

                                1. Successful Entrepreneurs Practice Discipline

                                Plenty of business experts claim that you can’t get anywhere as an entrepreneur without vision or creativity, but that’s simply not the truth. Instead, the one quality that no entrepreneur can be successful without is discipline.

                                To build an idea into a business, you have to have the discipline to spend time slogging through the least fun parts of running a business (like the bookkeeping), rather than taking that time to do something fun.

                                Andrew Carnegie, one of the most financially successful Americans of all time, grew up working dull and difficult jobs in factories. Despite going to bed hungry some nights, he continued doing his best work. He was eventually hired by a railroad company and continued to move up the ladder until starting his own successful businesses. Carnegie is a fine example of an entrepreneur dedicated to discipline and hard work. He truly earned his dreams of prosperity and success.

                                When you’re the boss, there’s no one to keep you at work except yourself — and there’s no short-term consequences for skipping out early.

                                Sure, if an entrepreneur plays hooky enough he knows that the business just won’t happen, but it’s very hard to convince someone that ‘just this once’ won’t hurt (and to keep ‘just this once’ from becoming a daily occurrence).

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                                2. Successful Entrepreneurs Keep Calm

                                Things go wrong when you run your own business.

                                Most entrepreneurs go through crises with their businesses — and more than a few wind up with outright failures on their hands. But when you’re responsible for a business, you have to be able to keep calm in any situation. Any other reaction — whether you lose your temper or get flustered — compounds the problem.

                                Instead, a good entrepreneur must have the ability to keep his cool in an emergency or crisis. It may not make the problem easier to solve, but it certainly won’t make it harder.

                                Honestly, losing your calm is a quick path to becoming the kind of person who gives up in the face of adversity. Instead giving in to frustration, remember classic entrepreneur Benjamin Franklin.

                                Franklin kept his calm as he experimented and tweaked his inventions again and again in pursuit of success. He didn’t give up during his many failures – he chose to innovate. You can choose innovation, too.

                                If an entrepreneur can handle failure without frustration or anger, s/he can move past it to find success.

                                3. Successful Entrepreneurs Pay Attention to Details

                                Restricting your attention to the big picture can be even more problematic than ‘sweating the small stuff.’

                                As an entrepreneur, unless venture capital has magically dropped out of the sky, a small expense can be a killer. It’s attention to detail that can make a small business successful when it has competition and it’s attention to detail that can keep costs down.

                                Attention to detail can be difficult to maintain — going over ledgers can be tedious even when you aren’t trying to pay close attention — but keeping your eye on a long-term vision is just asking for a problem to sneak in under a radar.

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                                After a business grows, an entrepreneur might be able to hire someone to worry about the details. In the beginning, though, only one person can take responsibility for the details.

                                Skeptical about the importance of details? Look no further than Howard Schultz, who grew a small coffee shop called Starbucks into one of the most globally successful coffee businesses in the world through his extreme attention to detail.

                                He is famous for taking all aspects of growing a business into account, paying attention not only to financially smart business decisions, but also focusing on socially responsible business decisions. Details can take you far.

                                4. Successful Entrepreneurs Embrace Risks

                                No entrepreneur has a sure thing, no matter how much money s/he stands to earn on a given product. Even if a product tests well, the market can change, the warehouse can burn down and a whole slew of other misfortune can befall a small business.

                                It’s absolutely risky to run a business of your own and while you can get some insurance, it’s not like most investment options. Even worse, if something does go wrong, it’s the entrepreneur’s responsibility — no matter the actual cause. In order to deal with all of that without developing an ulcer, you have to have a good tolerance for risk.

                                You don’t need to channel your inner frat boy and take on absolutely stupid risks, but you need to know just how much you can afford to risk — and get a good idea of how likely you are to lose it. If the numbers make you uncomfortable, the risk is too great.

                                Embracing risks is essential for growth and additional success, as well. Walt Disney, for example, could have stayed comfortable with his advances in the film and animation industries, but decided to expand his brand with a new dream: a theme park that soared above the competition. Without taking this risk, the incredibly successful Disney theme park empire would never have come about.

                                An entrepreneur has to be willing to accept pretty big risks, with some level of comfort.

                                5. Successful Entrepreneurs are Balanced

                                You can take any characteristic too far. There’s a point at which attention to detail can become obsession or calm can become unemotional response.

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                                As an entrepreneur, you have to be able to balance your characteristics, getting the most of them without going over the edge. But balance for an entrepreneur goes far beyond keeping your characteristics in check, though.

                                Just as an entrepreneur doesn’t have a boss to keep them at work when necessary, they don’t have one to send them home when they’re done. If you are working for yourself, you have to decide how to balance your work and home life — and if you have a day job to add into the equation, balance just gets more complicated.

                                Oprah Winfrey, one of the most successful and influential entrepreneurs out there, understands the importance of balance. Winfrey has a lot going on; she runs her own media kingdom, acts, produces films, publishes print, and more. In an interview with Fast Company,[1] she talks about her efforts to balance priorities and self care, saying that she must ask herself what is truly important in each limited day.

                                You may or may not have as much on your plate as Oprah, but learning how to balance whatever you have going on in life will certainly help you farther along down the road as you learn to be a great entrepreneur.

                                6. Successful Entrepreneurs are Passionate and Motivated

                                In order to develop any of the above characteristics, you must have a foundation of passion. Staying disciplined day after day during the building of your business takes unrivaled motivation.

                                Before you start any business, ask yourself if you can sustain true excitement about your idea during even the darkest days ahead of you. If the answer is yes, then good for you! Nurture your natural motivation by taking these action steps throughout your business journey:

                                • Commit to making short and long-term goals. Check in with them often to stay on task.
                                • Have a plan in place for the inevitable days when you feel discouraged. Make a list of things that will help keep you motivated and focused.
                                • Share your ideas with trusted individuals who are just as excited as you are. They will help keep your enthusiasm rolling even when you are feeling down.

                                By being prepared for apathetic days and holding fast to your authentic passion, you can actually enjoy your journey to success.

                                7. Successful Entrepreneurs Adapt

                                Remember this one word: flexibility. Seasoned entrepreneurs know that change is not only a part of life, but also a part of the business world. Expect change and choose to adapt.

                                As a new entrepreneur, it will be tempting to cling to your original business plan with no exceptions, even if you notice it isn’t working. Good entrepreneurs know that it’s okay to make smart, informed changes in order to ensure efficiency.

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                                8. Successful Entrepreneurs are Marketing and Sales Experts

                                No matter what kind of business you are starting, a knowledge of marketing and sales will save you many headaches. A passion for creating a beautiful handmade lifestyle product is not enough to run a successful lifestyle brand; it is critical that you understand key business principles in addition to your natural skills or great product line.

                                Not sure how to start? Taking business courses is a great idea, but you can also easily brush up on sales and marketing through free online resources. Check out these 10 Sales Skills Everyone Should Master To Be Successful to begin now.

                                9. Successful Entrepreneurs Have Strong Money Management

                                Along with sales and marketing skills, money management is a very useful tool in the box of the entrepreneur. Understanding how to best manage your money can be the difference between early success and early failure in the business world.

                                If money management isn’t your strongest skill, prepare to hire a financial expert to help you with any tricky business that comes up. Financial guidance and knowledge is never a bad idea.

                                10. Successful Entrepreneurs Ask Questions and Continually Improve

                                Pride is a natural human quality, but it’s important to humbly conduct some constructive criticism every now and again on both yourself as a leader and your new business as a whole.

                                Assess how things are going and be willing to make positive changes if necessary. Here’re 15 ways to cultivate lifelong learning.

                                If you are always improving, then how can you ultimately fail?

                                The Bottom Line

                                Let me remind you of one important fact: the qualities of an entrepreneur listed here are not exclusively available to some people and elusive to others.

                                Although some people may have natural strengths and weaknesses, these qualities can be learned by anyone interested in taking up the entrepreneurial challenge. It might not be easy to change old habits, but it is absolutely possible to cultivate these characteristics in yourself.

                                Whether you’re a business owner or an aspiring entrepreneur, with hard work, you can train yourself to develop the qualities that truly determine the entrepreneurial spirit and future success.

                                Featured photo credit: Unsplash via unsplash.com

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