Tuesday, April 7, 2015

How about a stand-by counselor at your job?

Susan Adams, Forbes.com, writes about an American Express program where hassled workers, say in call centers, can call on a counselor to walk them through meditation, muscle relaxation, and other stress-reduction techniques when customers get their goat.

This is their Healthy Living program, which started in 2008 with "the troubles."

Companies apply for this through their local psychological association. They fill out checklists, write essays, and the psychologists visit the company.

Some other winners of this service are Beehive PR in St Paul, MN, which offers employees a life coach. They also have a gym and meditation room.

LaSalle Network, a Chicago staffing and recruiting agency, gives employees time off to go to AA. They have even helped stage interventions. On the brighter side, the company pays for "incentive" trips which included all staffers.

Team Horner, a swimming pool distributor in Ft Lauderale, asks employees what they want. Zumba, yoga, meditation, a well-being coach, even cooking classes are now corporate features.

Beach Cities Health District, in Redondo Beach, lets employees bring children and dogs to work and also work flexible hours. Another perk? End-of-life planning.

Hilltop Community Resources in Grand Junction, CO, offers prenatal counseling, discount nutrition advice, a nurse on staff, weight loss challenges, and sabbaticals.

I guess employees are OK with being "one" with their employers--everyone knows everything.

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