Sysmex America Makes the 2011 Companies That Care Honor Roll

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Companies That Care 2011 Honor Roll

“This is our third year on the Honor Roll and we could not be more proud,” explains Karen Stoneman, vice president of human resources, Sysmex America, Inc.

Sysmex America, Inc., a global leader in healthcare testing and equipment technology based in Mundelein, Illinois, has made the 2011 Honor Roll for the Center for Companies That Care.
The Honor Roll, a national list recognizing employers for outstanding workplace practices and active community involvement, includes privately-held and publicly-traded organizations, as well as not-for-profit employers.

“This is our third year on the Honor Roll and we could not be more proud,” explains Karen Stoneman, vice president of human resources, Sysmex America, Inc. “In response to input we received from our employees, which we regularly seek, we’ve enhanced our benefits, rewards, and community service activities.”

Companies that care respect employees and are committed to community service. They demonstrate 10 Characteristics that go to appreciating people, work/life balance, and giving back. This uniqueness defines the standard for all organizations that strive to be recognized as best places to work and being socially responsible.

“For Sysmex America’s size, it acts like a much larger employer with its talent management processes and employee development programs,” says Marci Koblenz, founder and president, Center for Companies That Care. “The company’s development practices include a broad curriculum of instructor-led and e-learning courses, a global internship program, development planning, talent reviews, and succession planning.”

Sysmex America, Inc. created four cross-functional action teams working on diverse issues in 2010 from improving their business intelligence systems to improving their service offerings to customers. The company also consistently administers associate engagement surveys to assess the effectiveness of their efforts and to continuously improve. Respectively, Sysmex provided 100 percent reimbursement for flu shots as well as incentives for employee participation in wellness programs, supported more charitable events, and implemented new development planning tools and expanded the use of 360 degree feedback. All of Sysmex’s efforts to help employees and communities thrive have resulted in stronger associate engagement.

Honor Roll recipients will be officially honored at a 360° engagement conference in Portland in May, where Joseph Grenny, the author of “Crucial Conversations,” is keynoting. Many Honor Roll organizations will be sharing their best practices during the conference. It is open to the public.

Center for Companies That Care is a national, 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization dedicated to engaging employers in improving the lives of employees, families and communities.
If you’re interested in applying for the 2012 Honor Roll, or would like to see the full 2011 Honor Roll, please visit or call 312.661.1010.


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