Game Changers

2016 Game Changer: Stacie Osako

The human resources manager at Van Meter Inc. empowers employees to “recharge and refocus” themselves.

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WF_0815_GameChangerLogoMany organizations like to think their workplace promotes personal well-being. At electrical supply distributor Van Meter Inc., Human Resources Manager Stacie Osako takes personal well-being, well, personally.

Under Osako’s direction, Van Meter has implemented a personal accountability plan that empowers employees to “recharge and refocus” themselves.

Osako, 39, also helped introduce a one-time, monthlong employee sabbatical in 2014 for those workers who have clocked 20-plus years with the company. Recognizing the needs of new parents, Osako led an initiative to add six weeks of paid parental leave for mothers and fathers.

A succession-planning program also has met with great success since Osako led its implementation.

Rick Bell is Workforce’s editorial director. Comment below or email editors@workforce.com. Follow Workforce on Twitter at @workforcenews.

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