REDWOOD CITY, California—September 7, 2012—DES Architects + Engineers’ annual wellness program works wonders as DES’ receives recognition for the 2nd year in a row as the San Francisco Business Times #1 Healthiest Employer in the Bay Area.


DES’ bike program lends bikes to employees for lunch time adventures

Healthy employees mean a healthy company — a notion taken into consideration as the San Francisco Business Journal staff tallied votes for this year’s healthiest employer in the mid-sized firm category. DES scored highly for its “fitness factor” wellness program, an all encompassing program that touches five areas: physical, emotional, financial, sustainability and community.

By offering activities such as a softball team to join and fresh fruit Wednesdays in addition to innovative health incentives throughout the year, DES has been able to consistently maintain one of the healthiest workplaces in the Bay Area for two years running. The company offers a $25 monthly fitness stipend to motivate employees to get moving, and cruiser bicycles are available to use for an afternoon spin out in vibrant, downtown Redwood City. Importantly, the activities help employees get to know each other and work better together.

“They didn’t have anything like this at the last place I worked,” Tony Thompson, a recent hire at DES says, “it’s just a healthy atmosphere. They seem to really care about employees.”

Wellness goes way beyond fitness at DES. Numerous measures help create a balanced lifestyle for DES employees including a relaxation room complete with bean bag chairs and a game console, seminars on finding happiness, and a partnership with a chef who specializes in cooking for children.

Each year the San Francisco Business Times (SFBT) rates nearly 70 companies that inspire healthy employee lifestyles, goes inside the top companies to evaluate each based on four categories to learn in detail how they cultivate fitness and good dietary practices.

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