Highlands Ranch, CO (PRWEB) August 19, 2013
In the latest edition of Outside Magazine, Zen Planner was ranked #2 in the magzine's sixth annual "Best Places to Work" list. The full list is available online on at OutsideOnline.com/bestplacestowork.
Outside’s "Best Places to Work" project celebrates the innovative companies setting a new standard for a healthy work-life balance. The list was compiled with the help of the Outdoor Industry Association and Best Companies Group. The year-long selection process began with an outreach effort that identified a wide range of non-profit and for-profit organizations with at least 15 employees working in an office in the United States.
"We are honored to be recognized as one of Outside Magazine's Best Places to Work," says Jeff Gardner, CEO of Zen Planner. "Our purpose is to provide great software to fitness businesses so that they can help more people become healthier and happier. It is a key part of our culture to help our own team members become healthier and happier too."
Zen Planner supports employees through a variety of initiatives including company-paid fitness memberships, outdoor team events, Fitness Thursdays, a bike-commute-friendly workplace, and an abundance of healthy snacks. A unique tradition at Zen Planner is the aptly named "Chug and Learn" session. Twice per month, the whole company gets together over snacks and drinks to discuss the latest customer needs and how to address them with new software development and business improvements.
"We’re thrilled to celebrate all 100 of these forward-thinking companies," says Michael Roberts, Senior Executive Editor of Outside. "They believe success depends on helping their employees live more active and fulfilling lives. The kinds of benefits they’re providing—free fitness classes, flexible hours, subsidized healthy meals, lots of time out of the office—result in a more productive and engaged staff."
About Zen Planner
Zen Planner is a leading software provider for the health and wellness community. Loved and trusted by thousands of businesses in more than 25 countries, Zen Planner works closely with its community to develop reliable, user-friendly software that makes running a fitness business simple. Zen Planner was also recognized in 2013 as a Top-50 Colorado Companies to Watch Winner by the State of Colorado. Visit them online and on Facebook.
Outside is America¹s leading active lifestyle brand. For more than 30 years, Outside has covered travel, sports, adventure, health, and fitness, as well as the personalities, the environment, and the style and culture of the world Outside. The Outside family includes Outside magazine, the only magazine to win three consecutive National Magazine Awards for General Excellence, The Outside Buyer’s Guides, Outside Online, Outside Television, Outside Events, Outside+ tablet edition, and Outside Books. Visit them online and on Facebook.
About The Best Companies Group
Best Companies Group works with national and local partners around the country to establish and manage “Best Places to Work,” “Best Companies,” and “Best Employers” programs on a national, statewide, and regional basis. Through its thorough workplace assessment, utilizing employer questionnaires and employee-satisfaction surveys, BCG identifies and recognizes companies who have been successful in creating and maintaining workplace excellence.
About The Outdoor Industry Association
Founded in 1989, Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) is the premier trade association for companies in the active outdoor recreation business. OIA provides trade services for over 4000 manufacturers, distributors, suppliers, sales representatives and retailers in the outdoor industry. Outdoor Industry Association seeks to ensure a healthy and diverse specialty retail and supply chain based on quality, innovation and service. To this end, OIA works diligently to raise the standards of the industry; increase participation in outdoor recreation to strengthen business markets; provide support services to improve member profitability; represent member interests in the legislative/regulatory process; promote professional training and education; support innovation; and offer cost-saving member benefits. Search for outdoor-industry jobs is at OIA’s career center: outdoorindustry.org/.