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Wellness Month Kick Off!

Our CEO, Kevin Steiner, led about 200 associates on a two-mile walk through our beautiful prairie and concluded with a plank and jumping jack challenge to kick off wellness month.  More activities to follow!

UPAF Fundraiser & Root Beer Floats

root_beer.jpgIn addition to a fabulous silent auction with amazing tickets to event, wine tastings, and much more, our officers sold root beer floats for $5 with all proceeds benefitting UPAF!

Take Your Child to Work Day

TTYKTWD.jpgWest Bend was filled with the sound of laughter and little voices as we celebrated Take Your Child To Work Day!  The kids learned about what we do, took a tour of the prairie, planted wildflowers and decorated planters, visited with the West Bend Fire Department, had desk time with their parents and enjoyed a delicious lunch!

It's Gardening Time

The associate garden plots are now officially open! Thanks to the West Bend Sustainability Committee, our associates can each have a garden to grow their own organic produce right on our campus.

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Hartford Union HS Visit

We had two excellent groups of students from the Hartford Union High School join us for their career day!  They had several choices of businesses to visit, but 120 chose West Bend!  We were honored.Hartford_HS.jpg

 

The Steiner Stomp

We kicked off wellness month with the Steiner Stomp! Our CEO, Kevin Steiner, lead about 200 associates for a 2 mile walk and then a plank and jumping jack challenge. These challenges and other great wellness activities will be going on the entire month of May!  Watch the video here.

 

West Bend Top Workplace for 2016

thank_you.jpgWe're thrilled to announce that we took 3rd place in the Top Workplace awards in the large company category! This is the 5th year in a row we've ranked in the top 3! In addition, we received two special awards: appreciation and ethics. Our associates feel genuinely appreciated at our company and that we operate by strong values and ethics. Thank you to all the associates  that voted and provided their valuable feedback! We couldn't do any of this without you!

Annette's Journey at West Bend

It's time for another Throwback Thursday! Annette began her career at West Bend in August of 1991 as a policy processing technician in Commercial Lines. She remained in that position until 1996 when she decided she needed a change of pace and went to the print shop. At that time, offset presses were still used so it was quite a change to go from wearing business attire and rating and assembling policies, to wearing uniform attire and working with ink. In 2001, she switched gears again, transferring to the Imaging Services area where she acquired various job titles, but the job itself remained much the same. Today, Annette is an imaging process support specialist and she works closely with Commercial Lines and Personal Lines Underwriting, Audit, Collection, Accounts Payable and Receivable, and IT. Annette tells us, “There have been so many changes these last 25 years. I remember typing forms with carbon paper and manually rating some lines of business, to now having everything electronic. Plus, the clothing trends have definitely changed. When I started, we had to wear full business attire with pantyhose and closed toe shoes! Now we can be ourselves and dress casually in jeans. The different positions I’ve held have definitely helped me understand the various departments. There is never a dull moment, but what I like most about working here is the people. I have formed lots of friendships over the years.” 

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Silver Lining Claim Experience March Winners

The S.L.C.E. Recognition Program celebrates those Claims associates who deliver exceptional service to our customers.  The Promise Kept award is based on feedback from our policyholders, while the Silver Lining Standout award goes to those getting great feedback from all others.  Winners are chose monthly from all nominations received.  Congratulations:

Justine R.
Josh M.
Bonnie H.
Tony K.
Sharon T.
Bill M.
Tom C.
Jennifer W.

March Key Recognition Winners

Key Recognition is West Bend's peer to peer recognition program that celebrates individuals and teams who do what's right and deliver results by offering timely, frequent, and personalized recognition.  Congratulations to the March winners:

Chris S. -  Argent Claims
Kevin H. - Property/Casualty Claims
Michael F. - Property/Casualty Claims
Greg W. - Internal Services