GAMES ON: This manufacturer of nutritional supplements promotes worker wellness through more than free vitamins. They have a sand volleyball court out front, a 24-hour fitness facility with a full basketball court, classes for kickboxing and yoga, and free massages every Tuesday. "We have a genuine hope from executives on down for each person to be healthy," says employee-relations specialist Melisa Torres. In 2008, the company installed solar panels on its warehouse, keeping 19 metric tons of CO2 out of the atmosphere in the first year.
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USANA Health Sciences develops and manufactures high-quality nutritional supplements, healthy weight-management products, and personal-care products, which are marketed by independent associates (distributors) in 13 international markets. With these science-based health products, USANA creates a rewarding financial opportunity for its associates, shareholders, and employees.
BONUSES AND INCENTIVES
Employees receive generous profit-sharing bonuses annually that are based on the sales and profitability of USANA. This program has allowed employees to earn an average of more than 12 percent of their base pay over the last several years. We offer an Employee Referral Bonus to employees who refer a candidate for employment who is hired. $200 is awarded to an employee for referring a non-exempt employee, and $1,000 is awarded to employees who refer an exempt employee.
Several departments, including our manufacturing department, are working a compressed workweek of four 10-hour days. This cuts down on our carbon footprint, saving both commute emissions and the energy costs of manufacturing on Fridays.
We have a 2,500-square-foot strengthcardio area that includes 25 strength machines, dumbbells/free weights, functional training equipment, and six cardio machines. We offer a Nintendo WiiFit and full locker room facilities. We also have an indoor basketball court/group fitness instruction area that will include yoga, aerobics, and kickboxing classes once the sound system is installed. Two personal trainers work in the gym to assist employees. Employees and their families may enjoy the facility 24 hours a day. USANA was also one of only three companies recognized by the Utah Health Department for having an excellent Mothers Room to assist nursing mothers.
For undergraduate programs, USANA will pay for the cost of two classes per semester and half the cost of books. For graduate programs, USANA will pay up to $10,000 a year and half the cost of books for job-related graduate degrees. Employees who receive reimbursement for graduate degrees must stay at the company for two years after graduation. Students must also be full-time employees and receive a C or better in their classes.
USANA's solid-waste recycling plan includes systems for recycling confidential and non-confidential office paper, cardboard, fiber drums, plastics, and aluminum from office manufacturing, and warehouse operations. In 2007, USANA recycled more than 30 tons of office paper, nearly 140 tons of cardboard, and nearly 3,000 fiber drums. USANA installed solar panels on its warehouse in 2008 to provide green power to its building; so far, the solar panels have prevented more than 40,000 pounds of CO2 from being emitted into our atmosphere. USANA purchases 750 blocks of wind energy (75,000 KWh) per month. In 2007, this sponsorship offset the release of 800 tons of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere, the equivalent of planting more than 175,000 trees. The company underwent a major expansion in January 2008, installing high-efficiency windows, occupancy and photo sensors for lights, and solar panels. A major part of the project included xeriscape landscaping, where grass around USANA's 3.25 acres of property was replaced with rocks, mulch, trees, low-water plants, walking trails and a sand volleyball court, saving us 1.5 million gallons so far.
USANA has two community service initiatives: Kennedy Junior High (KJH) and Children's Hunger Fund (CHF). Employees donate their time to the kids at KJH by tutoring or playing sports. Employees may buy dress-down stickers for $2, which helps buy coats for the kids at Kennedy and to the Utah Food Bank. USANA's partnership with CHF has raised more than $8 million since 2001 from corporate, employee, and distributor donations.
USANA was one of 21 Utah companies to receive a 2008 WorkLife Award in 2008 from the Utah Department of Workforce Services and the Office of Work & Family Life, in recognition of the company's outstanding work-life balance for employees. We are willing to work with individuals' personal needs in order to provide them with a positive work-life balance. Aside from creating a supportive and friendly work atmosphere, USANA invests a great deal in a truly unique wellness program that helps employees achieve their personal health goals. Employees leave at 5 p.m., regardless of whether they use our on-site workout facilities. USANA encourages employees to get home to their families.