Evansville, (Ind.)--Kathy Lefler's toddler daughter has arthritis; but the disease hasn't stood in the way of Kathy's work relationship with her employer. In fact, Atlas Van Lines helped Kathy raise $1,000 to benefit research of the disease. Kathy also has flexible working hours that allow her to take her daughter to the many medical appointments she must keep.
The employee policy that makes family life better for Kathy Lefler is just one example of why Atlas Van Lines was chosen a recipient of this year's Family Life Enhancement Award from Methodist Hospital's Buchanan Counseling Center, Indianapolis.
"This award recognizes businesses who have the foresight to invest in their employees and enrich their total lives," says Julie Herrick, public relations coordinator for the award. "As a result of their policies and flexibility, these companies have employees who are happier, healthier, and better workers."
This is the fourth year for the award, which is bestowed each year on selected for-profit companies headquartered in Indiana. Eli Lilly of Indianapolis was also named a winner this year.
Winners are selected on the basis of corporate policies that go beyond the "norm" for companies of their size.
Robert Jeske, Atlas Van Lines senior vice president, specialized transportation, accepted the award for Atlas Van Lines at an Indianapolis banquet last week. More than 120 people attended the event.
With its world headquarters in Evansville, Indiana, Atlas Van Lines is a transporter of household goods and special products through some 600 agents across the U.S. and Canada, and nearly 800 worldwide.