Based in Saline, Michigan, Urban Ashes specializes in reclaimed wood furnishings and provides meaningful employment to our citizens who have returned from incarceration. They employ local youth who have had contact with our justice system, giving them employment, mentorship, a chance at breaking the negative cycle they are in, and ultimately the opportunity for growth and a better life.
In their submission, Urban Ashes wrote, “We feel we are giving people the opportunity to reclaim their own lives. We strongly believe that everyone, when given the chance, will strive for and often achieve their best. When people are believed in and given the opportunity to prove themselves, they can do amazing things.”
15Five is a continuous performance management solution that helps employees grow and develop. This San Francisco, California-based tech company is working to build a culture of inquiry through questions, both in their weekly 15Five check-in and Question Friday. The questions are designed to solicit quality feedback to improve employee-manager relationships and performance, and allow all employees to be their best professional and playful selves.
Balance Massage Therapy
Balance Massage Therapy is an Ann Arbor, Michigan massage therapy studio that wanted to change the way their team saw a part-time position. They use a Defining Your Shift (DTS) practice to empower their employees to see their roles and careers through both a leadership and ownership lens. At the beginning of each shift, employees have the space to set intentions for the day and get information needed for a successful shift.
Elzinga & Volkers Construction Professionals
Based in Holland, Michigan, Elzinga & Volkers Construction Professionals employ 175 men and women who provide construction management, general contracting, and program management services nationwide. They were recognized for their corporate mapping program which helps employees articulate how their division and role fits within the company strategy. The U-Maps program has brought clarity regarding responsibilities, insight into personal lives, and a sense of unity to the Elzinga & Volkers team.
Root Inc. helps the world’s most respected organizations realize positive strategic and culture change through a combination of disruptive methods, storytelling, and interactive experiences. Headquartered in Sylvania, Ohio, Root was recognized for its commitment to employees through its annual Rootie Awards. The Rootie Awards celebrate the people who best exemplify each of the Root values: creative excellence, servant leadership, fun, authenticity, engagement, giving, and collaborative design.
Arbor Teas is an online retailer of organic, loose leaf tea and teaware. Based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Arbor Teas’ mission is to find the world’s best organic teas and deliver them to its customers as sustainably as possible. Arbor Teas has both organic and Fair Trade Certified teas, as well as Carbonfree business practices.
DISHER is a nationally-recognized product development and business consulting firm with offices in Zeeland and Ann Arbor, Michigan and Indianapolis, Indiana. Their team is highly technical and diversified, serving in a variety of markets including automotive, office furniture, alternative energy, and medical.
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SmartPaani is a company in Nepal that provides sustainable water management solutions. Their products include wastewater treatment/recycling solutions and water filtration systems.
Vistaprint is a Waltham, Massachusetts based global company with offices in nearly 12 countries around the world. Companies can use Vistaprint products to create the customized materials they need to promote their company.