Corporate Facility Builds Wellness Culture
Anne B. McDonnell
The fully equipped fitness center features strength and cardio equipment, a group exercise room, a group cycling area, locker rooms, a conference room, a lactation and massage therapy room, and a fitness testing room. However, the best part about the facility, according to Head Coach Mark Monteyne, is its staff. Staff members, known as "coaches," are experts in a special area of fitness, from running, to nutrition, to power lifting. "The coaches are known for providing an atmosphere that is positive and motivating, making our members feel at home," Monteyne says. The coaches' main purpose is to provide exceptional customer service, not only to members, but to their families, as well. "It's a feeling of community," says Monteyne.
Charitable and community events are also important to the facility. Past events included drives such as food drives, Dress for Success, Shower for Shelter, Sneaker Drive, School Supply Drive and a Care Coat Drive. One big event is the Corporate Classic 5K, in which the company has participated for the past 17 years. Two years ago, the Verizon Health & Wellness Center took over sponsorship for the race, which is now called the VZW Corporate Classic 5K. Says Monteyne, "The participation level has grown to 3,800 runners, walkers and joggers. Our company had a turnout of 992 Verizon and Verizon Wireless employees for the latest race, plus family members." The race benefits the New Jersey Coalition for Battered Women, an organization that supports domestic violence awareness — an issue Verizon Wireless has been committed to since 1995 through the company's HopeLine program.
The fitness center itself is marketed to all employees in the complex. In addition to this facility, Verizon has 24 other fitness centers, with five more in-house health and wellness centers that will open by year's end. Verizon keeps opening fitness centers for its employees because "our success is based on keeping our employees healthy, which in turn saves the company money on healthcare costs," Monteyne says. "The fitness centers foster a healthy culture, reduce absenteeism, boost morale, build team spirit and support the work/life balance. Offering our employees access to information that helps them lead a healthy life is one of the ways our culture is unique, and, we believe, one of the reasons employees choose to work at Verizon."
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