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RECOGNIZING UNIQUE PROGRAMS THAT ADDRESS THE NEEDS OF EMPLOYEES AND THEIR FAMILIES

ARKANSAS POWER ELECTRONICS INTERNATIONAL//FAYETTEVILLE

Family time is encouraged through quarterly fun Friday events for employees and their families in an all-day, company event. The company pays for all expenses and employees are paid for the hours in which they attend. The outings, frequently held lakeside, often include a cookout, games, water skiing and other sports. Additional events include family Halloweens with parties and games and a fully catered Christmas dinner.

GARVER // NORTH LITTLE ROCK

The company has created a pro-bicycling atmosphere within the business culture. Garver has defended its commuter challenge title during National Bike to Work Week activities. Upcoming rides and races are posted on the corporate blog and Garver headquarters provides loaner bikes, secure bicycle parking and showers and lockers to encourage employees to fit rides into their daily routines. Employees take part in bicycle commuter challenges and ride together in raccs.

HEALTHY CONNECTIONS, INC.// MENA

Employees who don't use their sick time are rewarded for their healthy attendance with the option to be paid for that time or to put it toward vacation. If a full-time employee does not exhaust any sick time during a consecutive, three-month period, he or she may be eligible to receive half of a work day returned as monetary incentive calculated at the employees hourly rate, or employees may chose the option to add this time to their current vacation balance.

HELEN R. U)ALTON CHILDREN'S ENRICHMENT CENTER//BENTONVILLE

Career and personal development for employees seeking further education are encouraged and supported with a tuition reimbursement program. Staff members can be reimbursed up to $1,500 or $2,500 a year based on their current position. A 50 percent tuition advancement is available. Cost of books is immediately reimbursed upon submission of a receipt.

MAVERICK TRANSPORTATION // NORTH LITTLE ROCK

The individual driver's health and family life are priorities at Maverick, which employs specialized practices to help foster a culture that supports work-life balance for its truckers. When drivers are hired they are required to attend orientation which includes a "lifestyles" class introducing them to what they can expect on the job. Family members are encouraged to join the class via teleconference to give them an understanding of the job as well. A "driver wellness" course teaches drivers how to implement basic nutrition, exercise and hydration on the road.
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Title Annotation:Arkansas Power Electronics; Garver; Healthy Connections, Inc
Comment:Spotlight awards.(Arkansas Power Electronics)(Garver )(Healthy Connections, Inc)
Publication:Arkansas Business
Geographic Code:1U7AR
Date:May 14, 2012
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