bswift Announces 2012 Fun at Work Award Winner: Mesirow Financial : bswift Press Release

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bswift Announces 2012 Fun at Work Award Winner: Mesirow Financial

CHICAGO, IL — Thursday, May 24th, 2012

bswift Chief Fun Officer, Patrick McGarrity, recently named Mesirow Financial the 2012 winner of the third annual bswift Fun at Work Award for its innovative and engaging company culture. The announcement was made on May 3rd at bswift Summit 2012 in Chicago.

Engaging in workplace fun is a serious matter to bswift, a national independent leader in software and services for employee 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, Sarah Cooke, Managing Consultant, Great Place to Work® Institute, and Bevin Desmond, President of International Operations and Global Human Resources, Morningstar, led an afternoon discussion on employee engagement and emphasized the importance of an enjoyable workplace.

“A fun and appreciative workplace not only boosts employee morale and strengthens company culture, but it also increases productivity,” said bswift CEO Rich Gallun. “We are proud to honor Mesirow Financial, a company celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, with the bswift 2012 Fun at Work Award for their hard work and commitment to employee culture.”

Mesirow Financial is a diversified financial services firm headquartered in Chicago with approximately 1,200 employees globally. Over the past year, the company’s New Employee Onboarding committee welcomed new hires into its culture and fun work environment with specially arranged breakfasts and lunches to help forge cross-departmental relationships from day one.

Mesirow Financial kept its employees engaged throughout the year with numerous and varied events such as its annual holiday party featuring a band comprised of Mesirow Financial employees; the Oktoberfest fake pumpkin (“funkin”) carving contest; Cinco de Mayo Fiesta; and sponsorship of the Chase Corporate Challenge, a 3.5 mile city-wide race along Lake Michigan.

Additional highlights of Mesirow Financial’s fun activities included:

  • Heart of Mesirow Financial: Employees purchased special treats and thank-you notes for co-workers, which were delivered on Valentine’s Day by two employees dressed like cupid. All proceeds were donated to charity.
  • Week of Wellness (WOW): A week filled with wellness and fitness activities including biometric screenings, a Zumba class, a stair climb in the company’s 40-floor building, a healthy cooking class, and motivational speakers.
  • Jeans for Charity: To raise money for local charities, the company collected donations from employees who, in return, could wear jeans one day during the week in addition to their jeans-on-Friday policy.

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


Emma Crowe