SANTA ROSA, California — October 23, 2015 -- BPM, one of the largest California-based accounting and consulting firms, is proud to be recognized as one of the Healthiest Companies in the North Bay, for the fourth year in a row.
The firm will be honored at North Bay Business Journal’s 2015 Health Care Conference, Friday, Nov. 20th at Hyatt Vineyard Creek in Santa Rosa. After reviewing nominations, company survey responses and extensive reviews, North Bay Business Journal selected BPM as one of the 20 Healthiest Companies in the North Bay, covering Sonoma, Napa, and Marin counties.
“We are proud that our firm’s commitment to a culture of wellness empowers employees to make healthy choices, and that our focus on health is being recognized for a fourth year in a row,” said Carol O’Hara, managing partner of BPM’s North Bay Practice. “Promoting wellness initiatives provides a more positive work environment and healthier employees. Simply put, healthier employees are more passionate and focused on delivering a superior level of client service.”
BPM’s focus on health and wellbeing takes many forms. Healthy snacks and drinks are available in all offices. BPM makes free flu shots and biometric testing available to employees in addition to a comprehensive health plan. Employees are encouraged to exercise at 24Hour Fitness, at BPM’s discounted rate. Many, encouraged by BPM’s cultural emphasis on health, orchestrate activities such as bike rides with coworkers. Good mental health is also encouraged—BPM events designed to promote bonding and release stress occur regularly, particularly after big deadlines.
“Supporting the overall health of our employees is a crucial component of BPM’s culture” said Beth Baldwin, BPM’s Director of Human Resources. “Due to the nature of public accounting, it is challenging for our employees to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Our goal is to provide support in the way of resources and financial incentives. Being healthy is good for all.”
BPM also boasts a Wellness Program—an application that challenges employees with health reminders, provides one-on-one health coaches, and offers points in exchange for complete challenges. Challenges include taking advantage of flu shots, 30 minutes of walking, recycling, or charitable donations. Points can be redeemed for a myriad of prizes, such as gift certificates or, at yearend, a cost reduction on health benefits in the coming year.
BPM was recently recognized as one of the North Bay’s Best Places to Work by the North Bay Business Journal. BPM is one of only eight companies in Sonoma, Napa and Marin counties to have won Best Places to Work – 10 years in a row – and the only full service CPA firm.
BPM is one of the largest California-based accounting and consulting firms, serving the Bay Area's emerging and mid-cap businesses, as well as high net worth individuals since 1986. BPM provides full-service assurance, tax and business consulting services, with industry sector specializations including food & beverage manufacturing, wineries & vineyard land, high-technology, life science, real estate and construction. Its international tax practice is one of the largest on the West Coast. BPM has been named one of the "Best Accounting Firm in the North Bay" by readers of NorthBay biz Magazine and a "Top Wine Industry Accounting Firm" by Vineyard & Winery Management Magazine. BPM was also listed as one of the Bay Area's Best Places to Work by the San Francisco Business Times and the Silicon Valley Business Journal - the only public accounting firm to be included in the top 10 large company category for 2015.