Tri Fit in good shape thanks to creative recognition program

Small business takes personal approach to engage and retain workers
By Sarah Dobson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/09/2007

A personalized poem, a treasure chest, podcasts and an adventure day may not sound like a typical recognition program, but this creative approach has worked out well for one small company in Oakville, Ont.

Providing organizations with fitness, health and wellness services, Tri Fit has been in business for almost 30 years. The company, which has doubled in size in the last five years, has about 48 full-time staff, two part-time wellness consultants and 30 to 40 contract employees who manage customized programs for clients through facility maintenance, employee screening, marketing campaigns, health fairs, workshops and administration.

While most of the staff are female, young and transient, turnover is low. For the most part, employees leave to go back to school or on maternity leave, says Veronica Marsden, founder and president of Tri Fit.