Congratulations to Trusight’s 2012 HR Excellence Awards Winners
Trusight is pleased to announce the winners of our 2012 HR Excellence Awards. We received many applications with a wide variety of innovative programs being represented.
First place was awarded to Aspen Equipment Company for their integrated well-being and safety program. Aspen Equipment partnered with their occupational medicine provider, Twin Cities Occupational Health and Rehabilitation (TCOHR), to implement an ergonomics program to prevent injuries and reduce the impact of physical labor on their aging workforce. A unique feature of this program is that although it is sponsored by the management of Aspen Equipment, this is an employee driven program. Employees developed relationships with TCOHR staff and worked directly with them onsite, in real-time, to identify and correct various problematic postures as they performed a range of tasks. Over time, employees began to use the providers as a resource to field informal questions about aches and strains before they became injuries. This program provides employees with a resource to become responsible for their own safety and well-being and resulted in workplace solutions that address the ergonomic issues they face on the job. Aspen Equipment has demonstrated that taking care of employees is taking care of business.
TURCK was awarded second place for their Life Works @ TURCK well-being initiative. The comprehensive nature of their program sets it apart. TURCK takes a whole-person approach to wellness understanding that personal well-being is critical to goal-achievement, retention, innovation, and engagement, and therefore to organizational success. TURCK understands that what is good for the employee is good for the company. TURCK’s program helps employees set and achieve goals in any of five well-being domains (career, physical, social, financial and community) that are self-selected and meaningful to the employee. In addition to a full health insurance package, TURCK provides a free health clinic, work/life pursuit offerings that are flexible to the individual, and senior-level leadership support shown by leading by example. TURCK has found bottom line impacts as a result of their well-being focus, including financial benefits and increased employee engagement.
Third place was awarded to Buhler Inc. for their Apprenticeship Academy. Looking beyond today by forecasting their labor needs for tomorrow, Buhler started an apprenticeship program for the profession of Industrial Specialist for Machine Process Technology (Customer Service Engineer). Buhler partnered with Dunwoody College of Technology to provide company paid training at the workplace with related academic work in the classroom. This is a front end approach to finding the skilled workers they need. With serious labor challenges ahead, Buhler is taking steps to ensure they continue to have a qualified workforce into the future.
Honorable mentions were awarded to Crest Healthcare Supply and a partnership among four non-profit organizations, Aeon, Amherst H. Wilder Foundation, Catholic Charities, and CommonBond Communities.
Crest Healthcare Supply implemented “Walk in My Shoes” (“WIMS”), a program to build relationships across departments. Every employee, including the president, selected a department to visit, perhaps to gain insight or to understand the challenges they face. Following each visit, the employee provides feedback privately to the department. They also write something positive that they learned on a paper shoe, which is displayed in the lunchroom for all to see. Crest reports that employees have asked to extend the program, and attributes at least part of the improved EOS results to this programed designed to increase morale and cross-departmental understanding!
Four non-profits, Aeon, Amherst H. Wilder Foundation, Catholic Charities, and CommonBond Communities came together in a true collaboration of professionals and used few resources to solve a problem they all faced – the need to provide supervisor training. They developed a training series using materials from each organization and merged them into training that was applicable to all sites, and then enhanced the program with their own company-specific information.
To learn more about these fabulous award-winning programs, join us for a FREE panel discussion with the winners in January 2012. Watch your email and our website, www.trusightinc.com for more information.
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