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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

                  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

                              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 Secrets of Making Every Presentation Fun, Engaging, and Enjoyable

                                10 Secrets of Making Every Presentation Fun, Engaging, and Enjoyable

                                Not a lot of people are good at public speaking. You could even say that virtually everyone needs to get some practice, and preferably good guidance, before they can learn to stay calm when facing a room full of people. Having all eyes on you is an uncomfortable experience and it takes time to get used to. However, even if you can manage to control your stage fright and stay focused, it doesn’t necessarily mean that your presentation won’t put people to sleep. This is usually the case with long presentations on a very dull subject, with the presenter speaking in a monotone voice and dimming the lights to play a PowerPoint presentation.

                                You have to work hard to develop the right skills

                                If you want to be remembered and actually get people engaged, you need to make your presentation fun and enjoyable, without coming off as corny or desperate to please. I know, it doesn’t sound that easy at all! A good presentation during a promotional event or given to an important client can be a game changer for your business, so it is easy to get stressed out and fail to perform all that well. Luckily, giving an interesting lecture is something that can be practiced and perfected. There is plenty of advice out there on the topic, but let’s look at the most important aspects of giving a memorable and fun presentation.

                                1. Make your presentation short and sweet

                                With very long, meandering speeches you tend to lose the audience pretty early on, and from then on out it’s just a test of endurance for the few bravest listeners. Not only will people’s attention start to drop rapidly after sitting and listening to you talk for 30 minutes, but you also risk watering down your core ideas and leaving your audience with little in the way of key phrases and important bits of information to take away from the whole ordeal. Famous speakers throughout history have known the importance of condensing the information by using well thought out sentences and short phrases loaded with meaning.

                                JFK’s famous: ”It’s not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country,” expresses so much in very few words and gets the audience thinking. Ancient Spartans, for example were famous for their quick, dry wit, often demolishing their opponent’s argument with a single word or phrase. You’ll want to channel that ancient spirit and be as concise as possible when preparing your presentation.

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                                2. Open up with a good ice breaker

                                At the beginning, you are new to the audience. There is no rapport, no trust and the atmosphere is fairly neutral. Even if some of the people there know you personally, the concept of you as an authority on a particular matter giving a speech will be foreign to them. The best way to encourage a warm and friendly atmosphere is to get some kind of emotional response out of the audience right at the beginning. It doesn’t matter what emotion it is, you just need to connect with them on a more personal level. It can be shock, curiosity, laughter, knowing smirks, nervousness – whatever gets them out of that initial feeling of indifference. There are different kinds of effective ice-breakers, but generally speaking, the most successful ones utilize one of these tactics:

                                • Joking
                                • Tugging on their heart strings
                                • Dropping a bombastic statement
                                • Telling an interesting and relevant anecdote
                                • Using a metaphor or drawing comparisons

                                You can make a small, self-deprecating comment, stir the presentation one way and then suddenly surprise the audience, use sarcasm, open up with a short childhood story that taught you a lesson, quote a famous person and elaborate on it from personal experience, use an inspirational anecdote or hit them with a bit of nostalgia. Just remember to keep it short and move on once you’ve gotten a reaction.

                                3. Keep things simple and to the point

                                Once you’re done warming up the crowd you can ease them into the core concepts and important ideas that you will be presenting. Keep the same presentation style thoughout. If you’ve started off a bit ironic, using dry wit, you can’t just jump into a boring monologue. If you’ve started off with a bang, telling a couple of great little jokes and getting the crowd riled up, you have to keep them happy by throwing in little jokes here and there and being generally positive and energetic during the presentation. You need a certain structure that you won’t deviate too far from at any point. A good game plan consists of several important points that need to be addressed efficiently. This means moving on from one point to another in a logical manner, coming to a sound conclusion and making sure to accentuate the key information.

                                4. Use a healthy dose of humor

                                Some of the best speeches and presentations in the world, which have been heard and viewed by millions, all feature plenty of humor. No matter the subject, a great speaker will use natural charisma, humor and beautiful language to convey their points and get the crowd excited about what they are saying. A great example of building rapport with the audience through the use of humor is Barrack Obama talking about the government building Iron Man.

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                                It is silly and fun, and absolutely not something that you would expect from a man in a position of power speaking in such a serious setting – and it’s exactly why it works. The more serious the situation and the bigger the accent on proper social behavior, the harder your jokes will hit.

                                5. Try to tell a story instead of ranting

                                Some people can do all of the above things right and still manage to turn their short and fun little presentation into a chaotic mess of information. You don’t want your speech to look like you just threw a bunch of information in a blender in no particular order. To avoid rambling, create a strong structure. Start with the ice breaker, introduce the core concepts and your goals briefly, elaborate on the various points in a bit more detail, draw logical conclusions and leave your audience with a clear takeaway message. You want to flow naturally from one part to the next like you are telling a big story chapter by chapter.

                                6. Practice your delivery

                                Standing in front of the mirror and practicing a speech or presentation is a technique as old as mirrors – well, come to think of it, as old as human speech, since you can see yourself reflected in any clear and calm body of water – and that means that it is tried and true. The theory is incredibly simple, yet the real problem is actually putting in the effort day in and day out. Work on your posture, your tone of voice, accent, pauses between sentences and facial expressions. The most important thing is to talk slowly and loudly enough to be heard and understood clearly. Many famous speakers, such as Demosthenes and King George VI, overcame speech impediments through hard work.

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                                7. Move around and use your hands

                                Although you won’t instill confidence in your project if you are very jittery, moving around erratically, not knowing what to do with your hands and making fast movements, standing dead still can be just as bad. You shouldn’t be afraid to use your arms and hands when talking as it makes you seem more passionate and confident. The same goes for moving around and taking up some space. However, try to make slower, calculated and deliberate movements. You want your movements to seem powerful, yet effortless. You can achieve this through practice.

                                8. Engage the audience by making them relate

                                Sometimes you will lose the audience somewhat in techno-babble, numbers, graphs and abstract ideas. At that point it is important to reel them back in using some good, old-fashioned storytelling. Make comparisons to events from everyday life that most people are more than familiar with. By making things look simple, not only will you help your audience get a better understanding of the subject by enabling them to visualize the information more clearly, you will also draw a connection between you. After all, you are all just regular people with similar experience, you just happen to be performing different roles at the moment.

                                9. Use funny images in your slides

                                Although slides are not really necessary at all times, if you do need them to make your point and present your information more effectively, it’s best to liven them up. They say that facts aren’t always black and white, and your presentation should reflect this. Add a bit of color, make the information stand out and use an interesting animation to switch from slide to slide. You can use the slides to add some more humor, both in terms of the text and the images. An image that is used to elicit a positive response needs to be funny within the context of what you are discussing. For example, if you are discussing the topic of authority, an image of Eric Cartman from South Park in a police uniform, demanding that you respect his “authoritah,” is a nice way to have a bit of fun and lighten things up.

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                                10. End on a more serious note

                                When all is said and done you will want the audience to remember the core concepts and keep thinking about what you have said after the presentation is over. This is why you should let things naturally calm down and end with an important idea, quote or even a question. Plant a seed in their mind and make them think. Let us turn to Patrick Henry for a great way to end a speech: “Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death.”

                                As you can see, there is quite a bit to learn when it comes to giving a good presentation, one that is both memorable and fun. Be sure to work on your skills tirelessly and follow in the footsteps of great orators.

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