Furniture maker wins award for work-life balance


A look inside part of Herman Miller's "flagship" location on Park Avenue S in New York. Courtesy Herman Miller

A furniture maker in the area is being recognized for its commitment to providing employees with a work-life balance.

Zeeland-based Herman Miller said this week it will be recognized in May with the WorldatWork Seal of Distinction during the WorldatWork Total Rewards Conference & Exhibition.

This is the third year in a row Herman Miller has earned the honor. It is also the only furniture maker among 160 winning companies across the U.S. and Canada to receive the recognition.

The WorldatWork Seal of Distinction is a “standard of excellence” in work-life effectiveness that recognizes companies that “provide a distinct mutually beneficial workplace experience.”

Herman Miller said it offers its employees a highly competitive package of benefits designed to promote health, wellness and work-life balance.

Some of the benefits include concierge services, Teladoc, paid parental leave, paid volunteer days, tuition reimbursement, adoption assistance, flexible work arrangements, phased retirement program, on-site fitness classes and facilities and fitness club reimbursements.

Michael Ramirez, Herman Miller SVP of people, places and administration, said the company has worked hard to create an environment where employees “feel comfortable bringing their whole selves to the workplace.”

Ramirez said the WorldatWork Seal of Distinction helps Herman Miller compete for the “best talent across the globe.”  

WorldatWork is a nonprofit human resources association and compensation authority.

The organization developed the Seal of Distinction in 2012 to measure the overall strength of an organization’s work-life portfolio and success in creating positive work environments.

Applicants are evaluated on work-life programs, policies and practices that meet the needs and challenges facing employees, such as caring for dependents, health and wellness, financial support and education, paid and unpaid time off and workforce experience and engagement.

This year’s Seal of Distinction recipients are from a wide range of industries and hail from 35 states, the District of Columbia and four Canadian provinces.

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