32. LiveStrong

Austin, TX

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Outside editors excerpted this information from the Employer Questionnaire submitted to the Best Companies Group.

At LiveStrong, we inspire and empower people affected by cancer. We provide the information and tools people with cancer need to live life on their own terms. We unite people to fight cancer and pursue an agenda focused on prevention, access to screening and care, improvement of the quality of life for cancer survivors and investment in research. Founded by cancer survivor and cyclist Lance Armstrong, LiveStrong is a 501(c)(3) organization.

LiveStrong encourages employees to engage in internal grassroots activism and form committees within the organization. By getting involved in a committee, employees are given the freedom to voice their opinions and get involved in something they are passionate about. LiveStrong currently has four committees within the organization--each plays a vital role in defining the LiveStrong culture. The social committee, for example, schedules monthly happy hours, company picnics, holiday parties, or fun team-building activities, such as a "Photo Scavenger Hunt" in downtown Austin, hosted by a local favorite, the Alamo Drafthouse movie theater.

We have a 1,142-square ft. fitness center outfitted with a Nike Regrind floor and equipped with custom-made fitness machines and equipment provided to LiveStrong at no cost through our partnership with Johnson Health Tech. Many of our staff are bike commuters, so in addition to bike racks, we provide showers and lockers.

We are a results-oriented workplace and we trust employees to make the right choices to balance work and personal lives. We do not accrue or limit employees' paid time off. So long as an employee is meeting his/her goals and expectations, he/she has unlimited time for outdoor pursuits, fitness training, LiveStrong events, vacation, family events, parent-teacher conferences, personal pursuits and sick time.

We provide weekly yoga classes in our fitness center at no cost to staff. Two days a week, Train for the Game comes on site to teach fitness classes after work hours. We also provide quarterly nutritional education sessions with a Whole Foods' resident nutritionist. We provide acupuncture, massage therapy and meditation. We offer complimentary registration to our team for all LiveStrong-sponsored events: 5Ks, 10Ks, half-marathons, marathons, cycling, triathlons, etc.

Employees participate on a regular basis in Habitat for Humanity and Meals on Wheels. Last year, we sent the whole organization to New Orleans to build a house for Habitat.

For our educational resources and materials, LiveStrong uses FSC-certified paper and an eco-conscious printer whenever possible (this translates to 99.9 percent of our printed pieces). We subscribe to Austin Energy's "GreenChoice" program. Austin Energy also receives electricity from several solar installations and three landfill gas projects in Austin and San Antonio. Our HQ is on target= to receive the Gold Rating by the LEED Program and a four-star rating by the Austin Energy Green Building Program. Ninety-five percent of the building materials were reused or recycled.

We have a staff-driven Recognition Committee that leads initiatives such as the "Yellow Jersey Recognition Program," which allows staff to nominate fellow employees who have gone above and beyond. The quarterly winner is recognized and rewarded, and congratulated by the CEO at an all-staff meeting. From larger quarterly awards to everyday peer-to-peer recognition, our staff and executive team recognize our dedicated staff at all levels. We recognize birthdays and work anniversaries monthly, and continually look at years-of-service and other initiatives to improve and recognize success in consistent and innovative ways. We plan various parties, events and social gatherings to show our appreciation of our employees' efforts throughout the year.

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