Awards highlight innovation in workplace safety, job training and benefit programs
Olympia, Washington, February 2009
Representatives from 21 small, medium and large businesses paused briefly today to celebrate the innovations that earned them a Better Workplace Award from the Association of Washington Business.
The honors, presented at AWB’s Legislative Day in Olympia, recognize member businesses that go the extra mile in providing a family-friendly work environment, promoting safety and enabling employees to achieve their best. Awards are given to companies that demonstrate innovation in the areas of workplace safety, job training and advancement, and benefit and compensation programs.
“Running a business is no easy task, especially in today’s rough economy,” said AWB President Don Brunell. “The 21 companies we’re honoring today represent what’s working in today’s tough economy. These employers are investing in their employees and getting creative when it comes to solving challenges in the workplace,” he added.
“The private sector is the workhorse of Washington state’s economy. We’ll need more businesses like these to help keep people working and drive our economic recovery. It’s a great day for these employers and their employees.”
AWB members may submit nominations for the award. An independent panel of judges reviews all the nominees and decides the award based on factors including boosting morale, increasing productivity, improving recruitment and retention and reducing the costs of training. AWB also gives Continuous Commitment awards to companies that have won the Better Workplace Award in previous years and have continued to be innovators in providing a better workplace.
Andelcare, a private home health care provider in King County, offers numerous development and continuing education programs for its staff to help develop their caregiving skills. Andelcare is a proud member of The Senior’s Choice Network, which offers support and on-going training for senior care companies across the nation. The Senior’s Choice Certified Companion Aide (CCA) program ensures that Andelcare’s caregivers are the most highly trained in the industry. Andelcare leads the industry in training since it is the exclusive local provider of the CCA program. This intensive training regime includes the study of 19 essential subjects, including communication, personal care, mental health and illness, disability issues and nutritional needs of the elderly. Andelcare’s caregivers are totally committed, highly qualified and carefully selected individuals who are personally and thoroughly screened, bonded and insured. For more information: https://www.andelcare.com/.