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Rookie of the Year finalists step it up

Four organizations have been named finalists for Rookie of the Year honors.

This is the first year of participation for these employers. Three of the finalists—Klein Steel Service Inc., St. John’s and Trillium Health—were named finalists in other categories as well, and their profiles appear elsewhere in this section.

The fourth, Coordinated Care Services Inc., employs 309 people, 155 of them in Rochester. It provides management services and technical assistance to behavioral health, social and human service departments, state agencies and community organizations across the state.

In 2015, CCSI launched an eight-week mindfulness-based stress reduction course for employees. Participants received two hours of work time per week for professional development. Tests of perceived stress and mindfulness—given at the last session and six months after the course’s completion—showed stress declined an average of six points and mindfulness increased three points. Eighty-three percent of the eight participants continued the practice at home, and all of the participants indicated they would recommend the course. Twelve employees participated in a second session in March.

CCSI’s three-year strategic plan includes an objective to support staff health and wellness; a core operating principle is individualized work/life integration. An employee engagement committee made up of managers and staff creates wellness activities based on staff suggestions.

The company also gives each new employee a FitBit with goals for tracking steps, miles and calories burned. Lunch seminars, health articles on the company intranet and Chase Corporate Challenge participation round out the company’s offerings.

6/3/2016 (c) 2016 Rochester Business Journal. To obtain permission to reprint this article, call 585-546-8303 or email rbj@rbj.net.

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