Swedish Company in Michigan Brings Progress | Atlas Copco | Industrial Manufacturing

Corporate America, you know the drill: limited vacation time, not enough time off after having children and the dreaded insurance game. Many of us don’t fully understand our corporate insurance policies, but we all have felt taken advantage of or limited by archaic insurance policies.

The Swedish-American company Atlas Copco in Auburn Hills aims to change that by using some progressive European policies in the United States.

with Anders Hoberg

Aurore Henze, Health Star Media, with Atlas GM, Anders Hoberg

Atlas Copco, an industrial tools and equipment manufacturer, is half of a mile from the expressway, in a corporate landscape. Outside, it blends with the industrial theme, but on the inside it’s the happy employees, strategic interior design and extra benefits offered to employees that make this company stand out.

Health Star Media had the distinct opportunity of touring Atlas Copco.   Aurore Henze, sat down with General Manager, Anders Hoberg and Human Resource Manager, Roberta Brown, to find out why their employee retention rate is so high and why their employees are so happy.

“We were looking to improve our North American sector, we’ve been here in metro Detroit for over 50 years and employ over 640 hard-working men and women and we wanted to make new policies that focus on health, family, safety and the environment.”

“The very things that are important to our employees are also important to us, as a company,” says, Anders Hoberg, reflectively.  Hoberg is a Swedish native that has brought his progressive and effective work ethic and style to the United States.

Atlas has indeed hit those marks of improvement:

In 2015 it won the Safety Health & Environmental Award and set a new standard in the corporate sector by starting what’s called SHE week. This is a week worth of activities focused on health and quality of life. But it doesn’t stop there…..

  • Free Yoga Classes
  • Monthly Massages
  • Baskets of Fresh Fruit
  • Weight Watchers programs
  • Smoking Cessation Programs

All of this is offered by the company either free or at a discounted price. Roberta Brown explains it like this, “Everyone has a voice here, we have open communication and we strive to provide a relaxed environment conducive to working both alone and together.”

“By making the kitchen the center of the office, as a meeting place and by making management accessible among the employees and not sealed off somewhere on another level, has greatly improved the employees work ethic, as they respond favorably to trust and freedom,” she says.

What stood out to me, when I took the tour, were all the smiling faces and the benefits I learned about, such as the lenient work-from-home policies, generous vacation and new parental leave policies. Atlas continues to succeed in the insurance segment, with monthly premium costs 20 percent lower than the national average.

But what about other companies? How can they follow suit, with all the new changes in insurance and the fragility of the Affordable Care Act, where does Michigan stand?

I spoke with Sunny Connolly of Patterson-Bryant insurance Group in Bingham Farms to get the scoop on new Michigan insurance laws.

“Small business plans have the ability to offer a HRA, which allows for businesses to reimburse employees for premiums and out-of-pocket expenses,” Connolly says. “Larger businesses, over 50 employees, still need to follow the compliance requirements when offering group health plans, such as ERISA, COBRA and Family Medical Leave Act.”

To avoid being audited by the Department of Labor, Connolly says, while Obamacare is still in place businesses are required to follow the act’s rules. Insurance brokers recommend that employers use third-party administrators, who have audit guarantees and hold-harmless clauses.

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GM, Anders Hoberg, of the Auburn Hills facility, is extremely proud of his company and employees. Great job!
Check out more about Atlas in our Oakland Press articles.

or on their site:
https://www.atlascopco.com/en-us

Additional Resources:
https://www.atlascopco.com/en-us/compressors
https://www.atlascopco.com/en-us/construction-equipment
https://www.atlascopco.com/en-us/itba
https://www.atlascopco.com/en-us/vacuum-solutions

Swedish Industrial equipment supplier in Auburn Hills, Michigan

Address: 3301 Cross Creek Pkwy, Auburn Hills, MI 48326
Hours: Closes 5PM
Phone: (248) 373-3000

About the Author:

Founder of Michigan Health Star / World Health Star, divisions of Health Star Media, LLC. Aurore Henze has worked in both the natural health and medical community for over 20 years. She has written 6 books on body mind health, has been published in highly respected media sources and is a national spokesperson for natural pain relief methods, partnering with Judge Linda Davis of FAN, local government and the White House. Aurore Henze has fought for higher standards in health care and is highly respected in both industries. She is currently working on her non-profit the Medical Human Rights Association, to help victims of medical ethic violations and promote trust-worthy and progressive doctors and surgeons. Because of her vast network of industry movers and shakers coupled with her comprehensive knowledge and experience- she is leading the fight and remains a powerful force in national and global healthcare, second only to the Organic Consumers Association.

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