First, we have Doug Huseby, owner of Becker Furniture World, and a true believer in the benefits of investing in employee health.
"We feel our employees are out most important assets, but most of the time, you do more maintenance on your trucks, furnace and air conditioning," said Huseby
, who started the business with two employees in 1978 and now employs 287.
"My idea was that if you take care of your employees, they'll have more energy, work harder, and like working for you because they know you care about them."
sketched the outlines of his
own employee wellness initiative nearly 25 years ago.
installed air purifiers, filtered water, and hired a cook to create fresh fruit and vegetable juices for employees.
added on-site fitness centers, biometric testing, and chiropractic services.
Huseby's approach to employee health has kept his
health insurance premiums flat, drastically cut workers' compensation costs, and created a culture of health within the company.