(Beaver Dam) WDS Construction is the latest Blue Zones Project-approved worksite in Dodge County. A ribbon cutting was held Friday at the Beaver Dam-based company. Officials say the designation demonstrates the commitment that WDS has to focusing on employee and community well-being. WDS President Ben Westra says being able to provide a healthy culture to employees is extremely valuable.
WDS was selected after forming a Well-Being Advisory Committee that implemented a variety of actions encouraging employees to move naturally in several ways. For example, bike racks were added this spring, nudging employees to consider incorporating biking into their daily commute. Stairwells are well lit with both natural and artificial light, making them an attractive alternative to elevators. The new facility was built with large windows to incorporate natural light, which has been proven to boost moods among other benefits.
The facility also offers showers and an on-site fitness center. The fitness center is creatively used for meetings with employees either walking side by side on treadmills or sitting on stability balls. And to celebrate National Walking Day in early April, WDS Construction launched Walking Moais, groups of employees that committed to walking together for at least ten weeks. To help employees relax and de-stress, WDS incorporated a quiet space to retreat to on the second floor with furniture and live plants.
Westra also started WDS Works, a branch of WDS focused on local charities, schools, churches, and other not-for-profit entities. Through WDS Works, the company not only gives monetary gifts, but it also shares the talents of employees and the purpose of the company with the community. Employees who are encouraged by their employer to volunteer in a meaningful way report higher employee satisfaction.
Blue Zones Project, sponsored by Beaver Dam Community Hospital, is a community-by-community well-being improvement initiative designed to make healthy choices easier through sustainable changes to environment, policy, and social networks. For details about becoming a Blue Zones Project Approved organization or general information about Blue Zones Project, Dodge County, call 920-212-8511, or visit dodgecounty.bluezonesproject.com.
Photo (Left to Right): Janelle Wiebelhaus-Finger, Blue Zones Project Engagement Lead; Joeli De Young, WDS Construction HR Administrator; Ben Westra, WDS Construction President, Linda Klinger, BDCH Director of Rehabilitation; Annie Syens, WDS Construction Marketing Coordinator; Renee Peterson, Blue Zones Project Worksite Committee Co-chair