Tucson-based TriSports.com was named one of the “Best Places to Work” by Outside magazine. The company was one of 50 named to the list.
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TriSports.com today was named to Outside magazine’s (www.outsideonline.com) third annual “Best Places to Work” list. The full list and related story will be published in the May issue of Outside magazine, available on newsstands April 13, 2010.
“We are thrilled to be selected as a “Best Place to Work” for the second year in a row,” says company founder Seton Claggett. “This recognition means a lot to us because it reinforces that our efforts to provide our employees with a quality work environment are successful, and their happiness when they come to work is what makes us the company we are today.” Susan Meeker, HR Manager, commented “We really strive to provide a comprehensive benefits package, which of course includes the usual medical, dental, 401K, profit-sharing, etc; but also incorporates some more unique benefits that we felt were important to our culture – a bike demo program, massage, race reimbursement – these are things that really set us apart to our employees.”
“These 50 companies come from a vast array of industries but they’re all following the same enlightened path,” said Michael Roberts, Executive Editor of Outside. “They’re successful businesses in a challenging economy precisely because they support a proper work-life balance. They know that benefits like on-site gyms and fitness classes, reimbursements for ski passes and sports racing fees, and support for community service efforts during work hours make their employees happier and thus more productive.”
Early on, Seton and Debbie Claggett decided that they wanted TriSports.com to be more than just another place to buy gear. They began by sponsoring clubs, teams and races, then moved on to sponsoring individual athletes. Over the past 3 years, TriSports.com has given back over $650,000 to the multisport community in an effort to help grow the sport. TriSports.com sponsors clubs, teams and races all over the world, and has a team of 80 athletes wearing the colors and spreading the word about the company. These athletes are not chosen by athletic prowess alone; many are average athletes who simply love the sport and are very involved, a requirement of sponsorship. They all must volunteer at races and a lot of them are involved in coaching other athletes, working with children to get them involved in the sport or putting on events. TriSports.com recently added some well-recognized pros to their crew of sponsored athletes – World Champions Andy Potts and Leanda Cave – as well as UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team.
Most important to TriSports.com is the culture that has been created over the years. The vast majority of employees commute to work on their bicycles, so a commuter program was developed to assist with the gear needed for their bikes by issuing store credit for every mile ridden to and from work. Another great part of the culture is the Fun Squad. The idea behind this was that people need to have fun at work to really be happy, so the Fun Squad plans and executes activities meant simply to be fun! From HORSE basketball competitions to water balloon tosses to game nights, it gives the employees a chance to unwind and have fun together. So much more encompasses the culture, including the company-wide commitment to the environment by reducing energy usage, reusing paper and packing materials (over 96% of in-bound packing material and 70% of in-bound boxes are re-used in the company’s Green Box program), collecting and donating old shoes to Soles for Souls, collecting old bike parts for Resource Revival, and many other recycling efforts.