Creating a healthy business from the inside out.
At Beaulieu, we are a company on the move – literally. Around here, it’s all about being your best. As employers have witnessed health care costs rise and productivity fall due to preventable health and stress-related issues, we have embarked on our own mission to do something about it. That’s why over 5,600 of our associates agree that it’s a worthwhile goal.
To “Be Your Best” is at the cornerstone of our program to encourage walking everyday. In 2009, we launched our Million Mile Challenge, with every associate pledging to walk for better health. We even set-up walking courses at our facilities. It’s not uncommon to see our associates taking a “power walk” during their lunch hour or anytime during the workday. The cumulative goal of one million miles was established by Ralph Boe, CEO of Beaulieu of America, was reached in under 12 months. In 2010, Mr. Boe’s Two Million Mile Challenge was achieved months before year’s end as well. During the course of all this exercise, remarkable testimonials about being your best have emerged from Beaulieu associates. Many have stopped smoking, lost weight, gotten off medications, or lowered their blood pressure. And for all associates enrolled in the program, they receive the added benefit of lower health insurance premiums, too!
In an issue of Fortune magazine in 2009, the American Heart Association recognized the benefits of being your best by naming the company as one of 820 nationwide participating in its “Start! Fit-Friendly Company” program. Area news media, such as the Chattanooga Times Free-Press, have run extensive articles on the fitness program at Beaulieu of America, stating how this is the way businesses should “run”.
Being your best goes well beyond the Million Mile Challenge and extends to all manner of healthier choices we make available. For example: Vending machines in our facilities feature more healthful foods; we’ve invested in making water more accessible; our “Be Your Best” weight control program is a hit; structured “smoke outs” help associates quit smoking; our employee newsletters promote good health.
Caring about the health and wellness of our associates is one way Beaulieu of America – a leader in floor covering – is the employer of choice in the floor covering industry.