Washington DC Moving Company Gentle Giant is pleased to announce their selection by the Washington Business Journal as one of DC’s Healthiest Employers of 2012. In its second year, the Greater Washington’s Healthiest Employers Awards will shine a light on local businesses of all sizes that have made great effort to create extraordinary Health & Wellness Programs for their employees.
The Healthiest Employer Awards Program recognizes employee focused organizations striving to create the healthiest workplace and work force. Organizations apply for this acknowledgment by completing a detailed assessment tool that measures wellness programming in several categories, including culture and leadership commitment, communication and marketing, as well as the various programs and interventions available within the organization’s Health and Wellness Plan.
While Gentle Giant is a Massachusetts-based moving company with 19 strategically located offices across the country, the Health & Wellness Program for each branch office is tailored to provide the best experience possible for employees. The company’s DC branch has taken full advantage of Gentle Giant’s Health and Wellness initiatives, to the point where it is ingrained in their work culture. In addition to running boxes and furniture all day as a team on the job, the Giants in DC train for athletic events together and recently completed the construction of a cross fit gym inside the warehouse. This fun YouTube clip shows Gentle Giant Regional Manager Matt Packebusch discussing this gym and the healthy culture at the company.
“All the Giants across the country are enjoying getting fitter and feeling healthier,” Packebusch explains. “Especially in our DC office, everyone wants to be a part of this healthy environment that Gentle Giant supports and encourages.”
Since opening in 1980, Gentle Giant has advocated active and healthy lifestyles for its employees, most famously demonstrated by founder and CEO Larry O’Toole taking new hires and longtime employees alike out to the Harvard Stadium every week to run all 37 flights of stairs. In the Regional Offices across the country, Gentle Giant managers have developed their own fitness challenges for new hires, including interviews being conducted during a 3 mile run.