bswift Announces 2011 Fun at Work Award Winners : bswift Press Release

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bswift Announces 2011 Fun at Work Award Winners

CHICAGO, IL — Monday, May 16th, 2011

bswift Chief Fun Officer Patrick McGarrity named Huntsman International, LLC and Windsor Capital Group, Inc. the 2011 winners of the bswift second annual Fun at Work Award. The announcement was made May 5 in Chicago at the bswift Summit 2011 for human resource (HR) executives.

Engaging in workplace fun is a serious matter to bswift, an innovator in business process outsourcing and software solutions for benefits administration. In fact, “More Fun” is one of the company’s stated core values (along with “Higher Standards” and “Greater Accountability”). As part of the bswift Summit, an expert panel on employee engagement led by Nate Butki of the Great Place to Work Institute stressed the importance of fun in the workplace. The panelists agreed that transparency, open communication and company-wide collaboration are cornerstones to a vibrant business culture that draws the best of employees and generates high levels of customer satisfaction.

“Involving employees in a fun and appreciative workplace not only boosts morale and strengthens company culture, but it also increases productivity and impacts the bottom line,” said bswift CEO Rich Gallun. “We are proud to honor Huntsman and Windsor Capital Group, Inc. for their hard work and commitment to employee culture, especially during these economically challenging times.”

Notably, many fun activities at both companies involved raising money for various charities and sponsoring healthy activities that tie into company wellness programs.

Fun at Huntsman Huntsman is a publically traded chemical company based in Texas with more than 12,000 employees worldwide. In addition to the dozens of fun activities such as Wii bowling and dance competitions, lunches and holiday parties, highlights of Huntsman’s fun activities over the past year include:
  • Mutt Strut – Employees dressed their dogs in costume and participated in a fundraiser for the local Humane Society.
  • Painting Classes – Team members, spouses and friends took an after-work painting class together.
  • Cycling & Relay Teams – The company formed a cycling team to help raise money for Multiple Sclerosis and a run/walk team to participate in Relay for Life to raise money for the American Cancer Society.

Fun at Windsor Capital Group, Inc. Based in California, Windsor Capital Group, Inc. owns and operates 23 hotels in 11 states. To address the challenge of creating a strong company culture of fun and philanthropy with approximately 2,000 employees across the country during an economically tough year for the hospitality industry, Windsor created various strategies by property including “Enrichment Committees” at individual locations. Each committee engaged employees in coming up with fun activities and challenged them to raise money for various charities including Toys for Tots, LIVESTRONG®, local schools and food banks. In addition to the fun run/walks, chili cook-offs, bake sales and barbeques, highlights of their many activities included:
  • Managers Help-Out Days – During International Housekeeping Week, managers are paired with a member of the housekeeping staff to help clean hotel rooms. Teams compete to see who can finish cleaning their rooms first.
  • Pie in the Manager’s Face - Employees pay to let their managers have it and raised several thousand dollars for LIVESTRONG.
  • Speed of Light Contest – Maintenance engineers compete to see who can screw in a light bulb the fastest. Winners receive gas gift cards.

About bswift
bswift is changing the world of benefits administration by combining deep expertise and a passion for technological innovation with a unique consumer-driven approach. Partnering with enterprises nationwide and serving millions of employees, bswift offers cloud-based technology and services for online enrollment, interactive decision support, ACA compliance reporting and employee engagement. bswift also provides access to consumerism, product and consulting solutions needed to build a benefits program specialized for both employers and employees alike. For more information about bswift, an Aetna company, visit


Laura Field