Austin Business Journal has announced it's list of The Best Places to Work in 2016. These winners were picked due to their innovative cultures that truly elevates their employees. Among the winning companies ranked and honored on the list, three partner with Wellshift to create a culture that focuses on employee well-being. A big cheers to our partners at BP3, Spredfast and Square Root on being named one of ABJ's best places to work in Austin, the fastest growing city in America this year, according to Forbes

A trend amongst top company leaders is one of aggressively creating environments that add to the lives of their team. This investment feeds directly into the company's overall success and competitiveness in their markets. BP3, Spredfast and Square Root all recognize their employees as assets and constantly look to invigorate healthier lifestyles and improve engagement overall. Wellshift is proud to play part in enhancing the vital components behind these great companies--employee health and happiness. Wellshift is blazing a new trail in wellness by empowering companies to create value-based cultures characterized by humanity, inspiration, consciousness and physical heath that creates true workplace well-being, no matter where the workplace may be.

"Wellshift was a clear fit to partner with to help build our Wellness Program.  Our team loves the wellness challenges and we’ve enjoyed customizing the challenges to fit our culture," said Mindi Orth, BP3's Director of Operations. 

Wellness in the workplace is a tricky game. If approached with little care HR teams can get burned. Implementing wellness challenges, staying updated, tracking results and improving programs over time are some of the facets necessary for genuine wellness programs. More companies are trying to leverage buy-in using financial incentives; complete this well-being questionnaire and enter a raffle. These approaches are unintentionally causing more stress on employees, having to jump through hoops can seem like more to-do's in a day. Company culture and employee wellness shan't be forced by obligating or providing material perks, although these things help from time to time, studies show employees prefer a happier workplace to a fatter wallet. 

Wellshift understands that happiness in the workplace is derived from humanity in the workplace. We empower employees to realize that they are in complete control of their actions, health and perspective on life, which all contribute to elevated well-being. From challenging employees to compete with each other for the longest wall squat, to bringing professionals to speak and educate on consciousness, meditation, fitness and so much more. Wellshift continues to experiment, track results, gain feedback and optimize the ever-changing realm of employee health.  

Here's a bit about the three companies recognized by ABJ, and what their wellness programs look like:

BP3 is an industry expert in business process management with the most experience throughout Fortune 500 than any other firm. Within their first month with Wellshift, BP3 completed 675 new healthy habits, such as eating more fruits and vegetables, getting exercise during the workday and meditating. Emphasizing their value of employees Wellshift and BP3 gave sight into the future of tech companies by engaging with remote employees from NY, Houston and LA, proving that bridging cultures that span across the country is a practice used by the best in Austin. 

Spredfast is making huge waves in social by simplifying and amplifying social media marketing -- and its bottom-line business value. Spredfast has trusted Wellshift to assist in improving employee satisfaction with massage days and wellness challenges since 2013. In a Wellshift Wellness360 challenge that spanned across 21 cities worldwide, Spredfast achieved 1,498 new healthy habits. Wellshift also provides on-site chair massages that has netted 79% reduction of employee stress month over month. 

Square Root is a software as a service (SAAS) company that leverages data science and agile development to build enterprise class technology solutions. With a younger-than-most culture the importance of happiness at work is a must, and Square Root delivers as employees appreciate the autonomy and work/life balance they experience. Software is yet another sit and stare heavy work-routine, thus Spredfast shows their employee appreciation throughout the year with chair massages to destress those tense backs and necks.