SANTA ROSA, Calif., October 24, 2014 -- BPM, one of the largest California-based accounting and consulting firms, has been recognized for a third year in a row as one of the Healthiest Companies in the North Bay. The firm will be honored at the North Bay Business Journal’s 2014 Health Care Conference taking place on Tuesday, November 18 at the Hyatt Vineyard Creek in Santa Rosa. After gathering nominations, assembling all company survey responses and input and analyzing the extensive reviews, BPM was selected as one of 18 Healthiest Companies in the North Bay, covering Sonoma, Napa and Marin counties.
"Wellbeing affects all aspects of our lives," said Carol O’Hara, partner in charge and managing shareholder of BPM’s North Bay offices. "As a firm, we believe in a work/life balance, but know that in public accounting, there are many things that can get in the way. We emphasize the importance of enabling employees to stay fit in the workplace and reduce stress, while helping them concentrate on taking better care of themselves. If we can make even a small number of our employees more aware of how their well-being affects all aspects of their lives — it’s worth it."
BPM has established a comprehensive program that includes dozens of ways its 370 employees can be healthy in a supportive environment. BPM offers free flu shots and biometric testing and designates one employee to serve as a Wellness Champion to implement the program, schedule events and stimulate enthusiasm. Healthy snacks and drinks are available at all times. There is a Wellness Minute motivational, health-related email once a week. Lunch-and-Learn opportunities include Heart Health talks by guest speakers, a Wednesday Wellness Walk group, as well as flex work schedules and a comprehensive health plan.
A computer-assisted tracking system helps employees monitor personal challenges and offers health reminders. The system displays articles on health topics and enables employees to speak confidentially with a health coach. Employees earn points for completing challenges, such as doing 30 minute walks three times a week, making a charitable donation once a week, recycling, signing up for the Heart Walk, drinking six glasses of water daily, stretching, etc. Points accumulated can be redeemed for an iPad, gift certificates and — at yearend — can go toward a cost reduction on their health benefits premium in the coming year.
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), "Top Wine Industry Accounting Firm" by Vineyard & Winery Management Magazine and selected one of the "Best Places to Work" for a record nine consecutive years by the North Bay Business Journal.