FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Recognized with Crystal Workplace Excellence Award
Employees are Cornerstone of Company’s Success
Vista, Calif./November 13, 2008
Watkins Manufacturing, makers of Hot Spring® Spas, the world’s
number one selling brand of portable spas and Caldera® Spas, known
for Pure Comfort™, announced today that it received the Crystal
Workplace Excellence Award in the large company category from the
San Diego Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).
The ninth-annual event honored companies that demonstrated human
resource practices that have contributed to superior employee
satisfaction and company performance. Watkins was previously
nominated by employees for a Workplace Excellence award two years in
a row (2006 and 2007) and was selected as a Medallion honoree by the
San Diego SHRM both times.
“We are extremely honored to receive this recognition and to once
again, be included in such a prestigious group of organizations and
leaders,” says Steven Hammock, Watkins President. “Our employees are
the company. I continue to be impressed by the spirit, ingenuity,
and sense of ownership exhibited by each and every team member,” he
Some of Watkins Manufacturing attributes that were recognized
• The company boasts an annual voluntary turnover rate of 5% in a
demanding market for talent. The average employee has worked at
Watkins for at least 10 years.
• Core values such as ensuring all business practices are done in an
ethical way, being transparent, building successful work teams with
strong leaders, encouraging innovation and continuous improvement,
developing strategic thinkers, and providing a safe work environment
are promoted throughout the company.
• There are many programs that attract and retain top talent
including a Star Search Program to help bring in qualified
candidates through the employee network, Mobile Health Screening
that brings in medical service providers assisting employees in
receiving early medical detection, Company Achievement Sharing Bonus
Plan, Profit Sharing, Tuition Reimbursement, Leadership Training,
Supervisory Skills Workshops, On-site University training, Employee
Assistance Program, Service Award Ceremonies and Safety Programs.
• The community of employees can stay healthy and connected through
programs such as an on-site Weight Watchers club, a Walking Club,
discounts at major fitness clubs, employee sports teams,
health-related Brown-bag sessions and more.
• The company’s “Think Green” program includes a Commuter Benefits
Program which provides its employees with alternatives such as
vanpools, carpools, subsidized transit passes, and flexible work
Established in 1977, Vista, Calif.-based Watkins Manufacturing Corp.
is the manufacturer of Hot Spring® Spas, Caldera® Spas, Limelight™
Hot Tubs, Tiger River® Spas, Solana® Spas, and Hot Spot® Spas.
Watkins’ worldwide dealer network of more than 950 sales and service
centers is in all 50 states, Canada and more than 60 other
countries. Watkins is a division of Masco Corporation, a Fortune 250
company whose quality products include Delta® faucets, KraftMaid®
cabinets and Behr® paints. Learn more about Watkins at
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