Maugel Architects was proud to be featured in the Boston Globe's 2018 Best Places to Work edition that appeared on November 18, 2018. Maureen Hopper, Maugel's office manager, and COO John Lawlor were interviewed for the article that highlighted Maugel's innovative employee wellness program.
Most employee wellness programs in the corporate world are driven by Human Resources departments with an aim of reducing sick days, healthcare costs or accidents. At Maugel Architects we've been taking an entirely different and holistic approach, one founded on our mission and culture.
The program is based on the Zig Ziglar's “Wheel of Life” concept that contains seven spokes. We bring in firms to educate employees on important topics that often get put on life’s backburner, such as wills and estate planning. With less than 30 employees, Maugel is a small company, but we're taking a big step in leading the way in changing how businesses should look at the well-being of employees.
“When it comes to employee performance, we want to accelerate their growth, rather than wait a year before we talk about what progress they’ve made,” says John Lawlor, chief operating officer of Maugel Architects. “Employees who have never really done any life planning are now setting goals for the next five years and prioritizing accordingly.”
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For one of the wheel spokes, Physical/Health, Maugel instituted office product upgrades, healthy organic snacks, chair massages and seminars on depression, stress management and health and nutrition. In the area of Personal and Social wellness, Maugel brought in a specialist to help individuals develop vision boards, while for the Work and Career spoke, we helped employees with professional development and held a workshop on how to manage stress in the workplace. When it came to Family and Financials, the firm had a Family Estate Planning workshop and took employees to an event to learn how to build a better financial literacy. Finally, in the area of Mind & Intellect, Maugel held an emotional intelligence seminar and provided employees books on mindfulness
“It’s no different than what we do through our mission, vision and values as an architecture firm. The planning process of setting goals and objectives and then mapping what and how, to make your desired future a reality. We’re doing the same thing for people The more we can develop people, the more fulfilling their lives, the better they will be with clients. We’re committed to helping our employees become their best self. It’s a no brainer for us," added Lawlor.