Kester Takes Employee Wellness to a Higher Level
Kester, a global electronics assembly supplier based in Itasca, Illinois, is one of the many businesses helping ITW create a company-wide culture of wellness.
Kester has been an active participant in ITW’s U.S.-based wellness initiative, which includes free biometric health screenings and customized plans. Kester also formed its own wellness committee to facilitate additional activities for employees. In 2012, Kester participated in the Kenneth Young Center’s annual “Walk for the Mental Health of It!” The walk raises money for the Kenneth Young Center, a non-profit provider of mental health and senior citizen services supported by the United Way. Employees brought their friends, families and even pets to participate in the three-mile walk.
The Kester wellness committee also arranged for weekly volleyball tournaments throughout the summer. Employees are encouraged to take a break and spend an hour outside with their co-workers for some fun and exercise. Kester also began a new team weight loss challenge. Employees are assigned to teams at random and participate in weekly weigh-ins on the plant shipping scale. In just a few weeks, the teams lost a combined total of over 100 lbs. Motivated by the challenge, many teams now coordinate lunchtime or after-work walks. The wellness committee has more fitness related activities planned for 2013.