Examples of Excellence
4imprint is a Wisconsin-based international promotional products distributor whose Golden Rule (treat others as you would like to be treated) culture enables employees to make high-quality connections and thrive, even during periods of instability. Judges appreciated the replicability of 4imprint’s eight-pointed compass of core principles: honesty, positive attitude, collaboration, flexibility, accountability, empathy, humility, and curiosity.
DISHER is a product development, talent attraction, and business consulting firm with offices in Michigan and Indiana. DISHER’s Ripples of Influence practice brings employees together in celebration of one another and supports their mission of making a positive difference. Judges were impressed with the practice’s ability to permeate the way the business is run—both inside the organization and in client interactions.
imageOne is an Oak Park, Michigan-based managed print partner. imageOne’s Great Game of Business is an open book management technique through which all relevant financial information is shared with employees in order to make better work-related decisions. As described in their PBP submission, “Opening [our] books created transparency, ownership, and opportunity for learning.” Additionally, employees are required to annually take a financial literacy class that teaches not only imageOne’s financial management, but personal financial management.
Menlo Innovations is a custom software design and development company located in Ann Arbor, Michigan with a mission to “end human suffering in the world as it relates to technology” by intentionally focusing their company culture on joy. Menlo was recognized for their unique hiring process that finds people who are a good fit for their collaborative culture. As one judge remarked, “Menlo Innovations has infused positive business practices into virtually every aspect of its operation. Their hiring practices are just one example of the intentional, rigorous, and collaborative environment they have worked hard to create and perfect.”
Celebrate Life Every Day! is the founding philosophy of Victoria, Australia-based Swisse Wellness. Swisse is a global wellness company with products ranging from vitamins and supplements to sports nutrition, skin care, and functional foods. Swisse applies the science of Positive Organizational Scholarship and Positive Psychology in building a culture where their team can flourish, rather than just function. Their employee wellness program helps flourishing through its mindfulness, nutrition, movement, and psychological well-being programming.