Elemental Technologies—headquartered in Portland, Oregon with staff around the globe—is a software company that specializes in providing solutions for multiscreen video delivery. Early on, Elemental CEO Sam Blackman recognized that health and wellness were key components to a successful business. He saw firsthand that healthier employees tend to be more productive, less absent, and highly creative. He also saw that employee recruitment and retention is a fiercely competitive part of his industry – with well-trained and talented software engineers often moving from company to company in search of the best benefits, salaries, and work culture. Making an inviting, healthy, and desirable workplace was a no brainer – it fit the company’s philosophy of good work life balance as well as its recruiting strategy.
Elemental takes a holistic approach to well-being, which includes offering standing desks, comp time for exercise, an onsite gym with 45-minute classes and a healthy lunch for employees every Friday. It also encourages employees to leave their desks for a few minutes each day and take a walk in the fresh air.
Elemental was an early partner and supporter of Oregon Healthiest State—an initiative bringing together leaders from across the state who have the ability to make good health easier for all Oregonians. CEO, Sam Blackman is a member of the Oregon Business Council and was quick to see the value of joining this cross-sector movement. He has seen the success of creating a work environment for employees to live healthy and well and is inspired to share what he has learned and to learn from others.
“We are building a world-class company and our engineers are some of the most in-demand professionals in the industry,” said Sam Blackwell, CEO and Co-founder of Elemental Technologies. “We respect the talent and dedication of our employees and we want to show them we care about their well-being. It just made sense to create a workplace that supports that idea and offers different ways for people to prioritize health in their lives and work.”
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