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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

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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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                                Published on September 16, 2020

                                12 Practical Interview Skills to Help You Land Your Dream Job

                                12 Practical Interview Skills to Help You Land Your Dream Job

                                Today, with many companies going remote—at least until there’s a COVID-19 vaccine—technical proficiency is a vital skill for every interviewee to master. You may be asked to interview for a job on Zoom or Microsoft Teams. The way you handle yourself in the online interview (your interview skills) will say much about your ability to work from home efficiently.

                                Does your workspace look clean or cluttered? Is the area free from noise? Is your home office well lit?

                                Once hired, you may be asked to organize meetings on Zoom and other platforms. Along with mastering the technology, you will have to learn to follow certain protocols.

                                Now is the time to get up to speed on your technical skills. Learn which interview skills are needed for the particular job for which you are applying and practice them.

                                Online learning sites, such as LinkedIn Learning and Udemy, offer courses for free or a nominal membership fee. If you are a DIY type, make use of training videos offered through your particular digital tools.

                                Additionally, demonstrating that you have these 12 interview skills will help you land your dream job.

                                1. Organization

                                When you work in a brick-and-mortar office, some of the organizing is left to others. Your direct supervisor may host a Monday morning quarterback meeting where each worker reports on the progress on their tasks.

                                When you work from home, much of the organizing will be left up to you. To a much greater extent than before, you will need to develop a schedule and stick to it. Some tasks may be faster to complete from your home office where you don’t have other workers competing for your attention.

                                Conversely, you may find that some tasks that would have gone quickly in an office seem to take forever from your home computer. Your phone may ring a lot, which can distract you, or you may have kids and a spouse who inadvertently disrupt your schedule.

                                To do: Set a schedule and stick to it.

                                To discuss during your interview: Be specific. Point to the interview skill you utilized to create a schedule for a complex work project and followed it.

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                                2. Flexibility

                                You set a schedule for the completion of your tasks, but your prospective boss gets their work done between the hours of 2:00 and 8:00 a.m. Your West Coast partners are three hours behind your East Coast partners, and one of your partners lives in England while another lives in Australia.

                                Feedback and collaboration (see point 3) may need to happen asynchronously. Be the flexible candidate—the person who is willing to occasionally disrupt their schedule for the greater good of the team.

                                For extra credit: don’t just look up time zones, look up whether they observe Daylight Savings Time.

                                To do: Be flexible about meeting times.

                                To discuss during your interview: Highlight a time when you worked on a team where members lived in different time zones. Discuss your processes.

                                3. Collaboration

                                As recently as six months ago, before the pandemic raged around the world, collaboration wasn’t quite as essential as it is today. In a remote office setting, collaboration doesn’t just mean working well with others—but actually sharing documents and editing them online on time.

                                Several cloud-based tools, such as Google Drive, Basecamp, and Trello, enable the type of collaborative teamwork that most companies want today.

                                To do: Download the correct software and practice using it.

                                To discuss during your interview: Discuss how you worked remotely with a group. Share how you overcame certain challenges.

                                4. Poise

                                Murphy’s Law states, “Anything that can go wrong will go wrong.”

                                When things do go awry, keeping your wits about you will demonstrate your consummate professionalism under fire. This will show your future bosses that you will be able to work well under the pressures of remote work.

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                                What could go wrong, you ask? You might be muted without realizing it—your Internet connection may not be robust, your headphones may blip out, your cellphone may ring, Zoom could have an outage. The list goes on and on.

                                To do: Make sure you have the most up-to-date versions of Skype and Zoom uploaded.

                                To discuss during your interview: Consider highlighting a time when a project did not go as planned. Demonstrate the interview skills that allowed you to rise to the challenge.

                                5. Communication

                                Your ability to handle online communication is one of the top critical skills you will need to thrive in today’s remote workplace. Download Slack if you haven’t already. Get used to toggling to a different form of online communication if one of your tools fails.

                                When it comes to the preferred format for your online interview, demonstrate proficiency by offering several different options. Give your phone number, Google Chat Hangouts name, and Skype ID.

                                To do: Familiarize yourself with video conference and online chat tools, such as Slack, Fleep, or Workplace by Facebook.

                                To discuss during your interview: Be prepared to share the online communication tools you’re using and examples of how you use each one.

                                6. Good Computer Hygiene

                                Setting up a backup system for your computer files is one of today’s crucial requirements for working in the digital age. Storing documents that can be shared by team members is also an efficient way to work together on presentations, articles, and reports—although studies show nearly one-third of employees avoid them because of the time it takes to find documents.

                                Be prepared in your interview to indicate your experience utilizing this technology, describing how you organize and store files using cloud-based collaboration tools. How do you keep track of links and tabs? Do you use Dropbox? Google Docs? Confluence? Others?

                                To do: Take inventory of the cloud-based document sharing and storage systems you know and use.

                                To discuss during your interview: Describe the document sharing tools and backup systems you utilize—both for personal protection and professional file sharing.

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                                7. Proper Meeting Etiquette

                                Today, presenting yourself virtually has its pros and cons. While you only have to show a professional persona from the waist up (make sure to straighten up your office space behind you), you must boost your energy to show that you’re engaged in the discussion.

                                Make your voice as upbeat as possible. Have your talking points at the ready and be careful not to ramble on, as long virtual meetings easily become tiresome. Use the mute and chat features to avoid interruptions.

                                To do: Once you know the meeting platform, make sure you have it mastered before your interview.

                                To discuss during your interview: Offer to share your screen to show an example of a work project— while at the same time demonstrating your prowess with video conferencing tools.

                                8. Respecting Feedback

                                In the age of working remotely, there may not be as many systems in place to obtain feedback (such as yearly performance reviews). Workers may need to ask for feedback, while managers may need to give more feedback than usual as the team adjusts to working off-site. Respecting feedback is on top of the interview skills list that you should learn.

                                Taking a proactive approach with giving and receiving feedback and incorporating it into your work style is a desirable quality that your employers will note.

                                To do: Reflect on the positive feedback you’ve received from past employers to bolster your confidence.

                                To discuss during your interview: Share a time when you received feedback that made you grow in the job. If you’re a manager, share a time when you gave feedback to an employee who needed to better their job performance.

                                9. Project Management

                                Staying on task with projects has evolved far past a to-do list, with electronic tools that can track time, manage team workloads, and even do the client billing. While your prospective employer may have its preferred project management program, your experience with any of the various options—whether it’s Basecamp, Teamwork, Smartsheet, or another—will be applicable.

                                To do: Know which project management software is likely to be used by the industry in which you’re interviewing, and familiarize yourself with its features.

                                To discuss during your interview: Highlight a project management feature that is particularly useful in helping you excel in your work, and explain how you utilize it.

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                                10. Staying up to Speed

                                Employers expect their remote workers to be technically proficient so that technology runs smoothly and doesn’t create work disruptions. Bosses count on remote workers to know enough about their systems to manage them without relying on the help of overworked IT staff.

                                To do: Make sure you have a fast internet connection and have a back-up plan, such as a second computer or other tethered devices.

                                To discuss during your interview: Note that you are diligent about keeping your computer and software up to date.

                                11. Attention to Cybersecurity Issues

                                “Virus” is a loaded term these days. Spreading a computer virus in your company, however, will not only bring productivity to a halt, but it will also make you a pariah. While working from public places using free Wi-Fi (with uneven security provisions) has waned, in pre-pandemic times, coffee shops accounted for 62 percent of Wi-Fi security breaches.

                                To do: Keep antivirus software updated and don’t download software without verifying its authenticity.

                                To discuss during your interview: Emphasize your awareness of cybersecurity risks and your care in taking necessary safety measures.

                                12. Teamwork

                                Work relationships now mostly happen in virtual settings, yet employers value team-oriented workers.

                                Being a part of a team gives you a sense of connection and shared purpose. A well-honed team understands how mutual reliance makes the sum of its parts greater than when individuals act on their own, improving the end product.

                                To do: Take stock of your attributes as a team player and where you can cultivate skills that will enable you to work more collaboratively.

                                To discuss during your interview: Inquire about the company’s culture and how it encourages a sense of community despite working remotely.

                                Final Thoughts

                                Preparing for remote positions available in today’s job market will mean honing your interview skills to highlight your technical abilities as well as your adaptability. By adhering to these To-Do’s and perfecting your online interview skills and charisma, you will rise above the competition and win over any prospective employer.

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