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O2O Ep. 35 Hypertherm & the Recovery Friendly Workplace

Host Jesse Tyler is joined by two colleagues at 100% ESOP Hypertherm, Jamie Green, Environmental Stewardship Specialist, and Stacey Chiocchio, Corporate Social Responsibility, for an important conversation about the Recovery Friendly Workplace Initiative, including what it is, how it benefits the workplace and the community at large, and why being Recovery Friendly is so critical for both retaining workers and attracting new hires. The guests also share why the program is so important to them personally, how it impacts Hypertherm's culture, and how to start the process for creating a Recovery Friendly Workplace at your company.

In addition, each guest shares personal insights on what ownership means to them; the three words they use to describe ownership; and their EO A-ha moments.

The goal of this podcast is to have owner-to-owner discussions about a wide range of ownership experiences and culture topics, and to bring more insight into the individual ownership experience.

The Owner to Owner Podcast is produced by Bret Keisling for the EO Podcast Network.

About The Recovery Friendly Workplace Initiative (from its website)

Recovery Friendly Workplaces (RFWs) support their communities by recognizing recovery from substance use disorder as a strength and by being willing to work intentionally with people in recovery. RFWs encourage a healthy and safe environment where employers, employees, and communities can collaborate to create positive change and eliminate barriers for those impacted by addiction. FOSTER a safe and recovery friendly environment

  • In order to strengthen workplace culture, Recovery Friendly Advisors (RFAs) will support interested companies in finding evidence-based practices to meet their individualized needs. RFAs will help you develop and sustain the RFW Initiative in your workplace. They are your Recovery Friendly Workplace partners; there are no charges for their services.

ENGAGE their employees in addiction & behavioral health education and prevention

  • RFAs will provide workplaces with information and resources to promote health, well-being, and recovery for themselves and their family members.

  • RFWs will provide their employees with education and review of the company’s alcohol, tobacco, and other drug policies upon hire and on an annual basis thereafter.

  • RFAs will consult with employers to plan trainings related to substance misuse, behavioral health, and addiction that are tailored to the company's specific needs.

RETAIN healthy and productive employees

  • Workplaces that implement evidence-based health and safety programming retain a healthier, more productive, and more motivated workforce.

PROMOTE prevention and recovery in their local communities

  • By creating a recovery friendly environment, employers send a strong message to their communities that they understand the importance of a solution-focused approach by addressing addiction and behavioral health "head-on."

  • RFAs will assist businesses with participating in public awareness and education events in their communities. These events build loyalty between the recovery community, their allies and the designated RFW.

For questions for our guests, email Jamie Green or Stacey Chiocchio.

For more on the Recovery Friendly Workplace Initiative, check out Episode 55 of The ESOP Minicast hosted by Bret Keisling.

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This podcast is produced by Bret Keisling for the EO Podcast Network.


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