SAN FRANCISCO, California—September 6, 2013—For the third year in a row, DES Architects + Engineers is ranked as the No. 1 Healthiest Employer by the San Francisco Business Times (SFBT) in the Midsize companies category. DES was not just content with continuing that streak this year. By fine-tuning its Fitness Factor program, the growing architecture firm earned the overall highest score out of all companies across the four categories.
DES’ Fitness Factor program is a set of comprehensive employee-focused initiatives that provide a wide-range of activities, educational programs, tools, and incentives to make healthy living the norm for employees. This all encompassing approach means that there is “truly something for everyone,” as Erin Horwege, the Fitness Coordinator at DES says. category. DES was not just content with continuing that streak this year. By fine-tuning its Fitness Factor program, the growing architecture firm earned the overall highest score out of all companies across the four categories.
Playful competition is key to DES’ successful wellness program, whether it’s raising money for the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk or participating in an industry softball league, the firm embraces the idea that when employees play together, they will work better together. This approach has resulted in creating a real sense of family at the firm.
In addition to physical challenges, DES focuses on four other key areas: emotional, financial, environmental and community interests. From the budding office vegetable garden to first-time home buying and stress release seminars, DES provides countless tools for employees to live a balanced, healthy lifestyle.
DES’ Director of Human Resources and Principal, Melanie Rogers, credits the Fitness Factor program for helping achieve high retention rates and recruit top talent, as evidenced by DES’ nine year service average. The wellness program has clearly resulted in more than just fit employees; it has helped create a real sense of community and comradery that radiates throughout the company.
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