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Spectrum Brands Has Been Recognized by the American Heart Association!

September 12, 2017

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Great news! Spectrum Brands has received a Silver Level Recognition from the American Heart Association for our Wellness Initiatives and Programs. See the full list here. According to their website, the Workplace Health Achievement program assesses overall workplace health based on certain factors.

“Companies recognized by the American Heart Association meet AHA criteria for their achievement to implement quality employee health programs in a workplace environment characteristic of culture of health best practices.

The Workplace Health Achievement Index scores organizations on 55 individual best practices, organized into seven categories of organizational best practices (leadership, engagement, programs, policies and environment, partnerships, communications, and reporting outcomes) and the objective, unbiased science-based assessment of overall workplace heart health using aggregate data from My Life Check or aggregate an equivalent source.”

We’re so honored that we’ve been recognized for our commitment to employee health. Read more about our wellness programs here.

Image via American Heart Association.

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Rayovac’s 111th Birthday!

September 7, 2017

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Happy birthday, Rayovac! Today, we’re celebrating more than 100 years of providing jobs in America. Here’s to US job creation with a commitment to American-made products!

Did you know that Rayovac manufactures all of our Alkaline batteries in Wisconsin? The Fennimore plant produces 2,500,000 batteries per day–that’s more than 1 billion per year! WOW.

 

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Rayovac Donates to Harvey Relief

September 5, 2017

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The effects of Hurricane Harvey have been devastating for so many, and we wanted to help. In fact, the entire city of Madison, Wisconsin put forth an amazing effort to gather supplies for Houston. The CEO of the Boys & Girls Club of Dane County, Michael Johnson, was thankful for our donation of 25,000 batteries and 12,000 flashlights.

Retired firefighter Dale Emmerich drove from Madison to Dixon, Illinois to collect the supplies, which were then transported to Houston. We’re so proud of Wisconsin for being so generous and caring in a time of dire need. The entire city came together–incredibly fast–to gather and transfer the necessary supplies for hurricane relief. Stay strong, Houston!

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Internal Learning Opportunities at Spectrum Brands

August 2, 2017

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Olympian Jackie Joyner-Kersee once said, “I maintained my edge by always being a student; you will always have something new to learn.” We agree with Joyner-Kersee! That’s why we offer employees internal learning opportunities so they can further their career and become more successful at their jobs on a day-to-day basis. Here’s a glimpse into some of those ongoing educational programs at Spectrum Brands.

Great Leaders Series: The Ascent
The Four Imperatives of Great Leaders include Inspiring Trust, Clarifying Purpose, Aligning Systems, and Unleashing Talent. In this two-part in-person course taught by Spectrum Brands’ certified Learning & Development team, leaders from all departments and locations can unleash their teams’ full capability against company priorities. Members of our Distribution, Finance, IT, HR, and Engineering teams have found success with this course.

Here’s what employees have to say:

  • “I attended it last year and very impressed – and applying what I learned ever since.”
  • “Every leader and manager needs this class.”
  • “I can apply this content tomorrow.”
  • “A great opportunity to meet leaders from other segments of the business and have meaningful and relevant leadership discussions.”

Insights Discovery
This is another course offered to Spectrum Brands employees by certified Learning & Development specialists. Teams from St. Louis, Lake Forest, and Middleton have attended and are using it to more clearly communicate and build better relationships at work – and home! Insights Discovery focuses on improving personal, interpersonal and team effectiveness; helping you understand how you’re perceived by others; introducing a simple, yet impactful framework about strengths; providing a common language about strengths and what drives our behavior in the workplace; and is grounded in the work of psychologist Carl Jung.

Here’s what employees have to say:

  • “This is a great way to get to know teammates – we understand each other so much better now!”
  • “Now that I know my color and how to spot someone else’s, I can communicate in a way that makes sense to them – even people I thought were challenging.”
  • “I took this knowledge home and was amazed to spot different leading styles in my family – adjusting to someone else’s style takes conscious effort but is so worth it!”

Photo Credit: Spectrum Brands employee Jennifer Kalka; Great Leaders: The Ascent graduates in June of 2017. 

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We’re Hiring in Virginia!

June 16, 2017

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Spectrum Brands Volunteer Day 2017

June 15, 2017

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On June 1, we took to our local communities at all four of our US headquarters (Dayton, OH; Lake Forest, CA; Middleton, WI; and St. Louis, MO) for a company day of service focused on water stewardship.

A big THANK YOU to the hundreds of Spectrum Brands employees who hit the trail (bike trails and walkways, that is) to support our partnership with Clean Lakes Alliance and maintain our parks, waterways, and open nature spaces around the country.

To strengthen the impact and educational value of the day, we partnered with the National Environmental Education Foundation. According to WeSpire, employees tend to take home what they learn at work. In a study, 89% of respondents stated they would try a sustainability tactic at home that was introduced at work.

More thanks go out to Gateway Greening, Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks, Clean Lakes Alliance, and the National Environmental Education Foundation for making this day possible!

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Spectrum Brands is Committed to Fitness!

June 13, 2017

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In June, we held a fitness event for #GlobalRunningDay at our Middleton headquarters. Twenty-five employees embarked on a mid-day two-mile run along the Pheasant Branch trails right outside our front door. Those who participated got points toward our internal wellness program and a t-shirt for participating.

But fitness isn’t a one-day commitment for us. We offer amazing wellness benefits to our employees year round.

All Locations

  • Vitality wellness program that allows employees to track fitness goals, activity, and biometrics then earn points redeemable for gift cards and fitness equipment

 Middleton, WI

  • On-site gym open 24/7 to employees including showers, towels, and Remington hair appliances
  • MondayFriday fitness classes including yoga, boot camp, pilates, kickboxing, Zumba, and more
  • Immediate access to bike and running trails
  • Masseuse on-site every other Friday

St. Louis, MO

  • On-site gym with locker rooms, showers, and towels
  • FREE fitness classes
  • Lunchtime walking club
  • Subsidized personal training

Lake Forest, CA

  • On-site yoga and boot camp classes
  • Weekly walk/run club
  • Annual softball league
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It’s Bike to Work Week!

May 15, 2017

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Last week, Spectrum Brands engineer Jacob Musha helped co-workers tune up their bikes and prepare for this week’s Bike to Work Week.

Spectrum Brands’ world headquarters in Middleton is located right on the beautiful Pheasant Branch bike trail so special events are planned for every day this week – including casual group rides, a 2.5 mile mountain bike ride, and a 20 mile road ride ending at a Spectrum-sponsored Capital Brewery gathering!

We’re lucky that our neighbor Madison has been named one of the most bike friendly cities in the U.S. and we are one of only five cities to reach platinum-level status as a Bicycle Friendly Community. Biking to work is a common sight in this neck of the woods but we’re happy to bring attention to it during this special week!

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A Big Year for Spectrum Brands and the Clean Lakes Alliance

May 10, 2017

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As a company, we love giving back–and we’re so thankful for our amazing employees/volunteers who do good year round for their communities! In particular, we’ve always been pretty vocal about our dedication to the Clean Lakes Alliance here in Madison, Wisconsin. But you may not be familiar with how this organization came to be. Forbes learned about this unique partnership and took note.

In a feature titled A New Corporate Friendly Model of Environmental Activism, Forbes outlines how and why we as a company decided to fund a local environmental non-profit. Madison is located on an isthmus, a strip of land between two gorgeous lakes, but these lakes were often polluted. The phosphorous pollution caused blue-green algal growth that often shut down local beaches and kills fish.

“Back in 2010, Spectrum Brands and another big, local company, Lands’ End, came together and said ‘enough.’ They provided the financial backing to get the Clean Lakes Alliance on its feet, and now it’s one of the largest non-profits in the City, bringing in nearly $2 million a year from hundreds of donors to help fix the problem in a cooperative and thoughtful way.”

We’re thrilled that the latest State of the Lakes annual report found the clearest water in years. We’re so proud of the partnership we have with this great organization and the impact it’s hard on our community. If you’re interested in seeing how you can get involved in the Clean Lakes Alliance, click here for more information.

 

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Spectrum Brands at the Engineer 3D! Conference

May 3, 2017

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Dave Everett, our DVP of Global Engineering, had the opportunity to be a featured presenter at the largest engineering technology conference in the Midwest, Engineer 3D! in Milwaukee last month. We put together this great video to introduce our brand to the attendees. During his presentation, Everett said, “Engineers are the front line of innovation.” Watch the full speech below.

 

 

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