In case you missed one or more of the Salt Lake Chamber’s Utah Business Reports on KSL News Radio, here is a recap of what we talked about this week.
Tomorrow (Tuesday, April 16), the Governor’s State of Sport Awards will honor Utah banking mogul, philanthropist and sports enthusiast, Spencer F. Eccles, for his contribution to sport in the state of Utah by presenting him with the event’s 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award.
A native of Ogden, Utah, Spence began skiing in 1943 at Snowbasin Ski Resort. For more than 50 years, he has carved an indelible ski swath that reaches from waxing rooms to corporate boardrooms and beyond.
Eccles has contributed his time, leadership and resources generously to sports-related organizations and programs throughout Utah. He has been a major supporter of University of Utah Athletics teams from skiing and tennis to football and basketball, and was a founding contributor to the Romark Ski Academy. He has served as a board member the of the U.S. Ski Team Foundation, Women’s Ski Jumping USA, Alta Ski Lifts, Sun Valley Corporations and Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation.
Eccles played a vital role in the highly successful 2002 Olympic Winter Games, directing more than $30 million in support of facilities and programs to ensure their success. His vital contributions and involvement were recognized by the International Olympic Committee with its highest honor and the first Gold Medal of the Games.
Eccles’ generosity has provided sport and Olympic legacy infrastructure for the visitors to Utah and its citizens — most particularly Utah’s youth — to utilize and enjoy for decades to come.
Tomorrow, the state’s largest earthquake drill will shake Utah once again. The Great Utah ShakeOut will begin at 10:15 a.m. – so prepare your business or your home now! We want to encourage you and your business to participate so you know what to do in case of an earthquake.
Local businesses have an important role to play in helping to prepare themselves and their employees for disaster.
When it comes to preparing for a disaster, the sooner, the better. The Wasatch Front, which is based right along a fault line, has been due for an earthquake for over a decade. What that means is that the next earth shaking event may be disastrous. The problem with that is, unless you and your business are prepared, it may be hard to continue business if an earthquake rattles your business.
A simple earthquake drill, like tomorrow’s ShakeOut, can help our local businesses start thinking about preparedness and business continuity. Last year, 945-thousand people were registered to participate in the state’s largest earthquake drill. This year, we are asking Utahns to drop, cover and hold on yet again.
We live in an ever-changing world and the concept of the traditional 9-to-5 workday is changing, as well.
Studies show flexible workplaces have a higher rate of employee loyalty thanks to a better work/life balance. Many businesses see workplace flexibility as an essential piece of creating a productive environment, proving that it’s good for business and good for employee morale.
And that’s where the Sloan Award for Excellence in Workplace Effectiveness and Flexibility comes in. The Alfred P. Sloan award is a national award for businesses that exemplify the best flexibility practices.
In partnership with the Utah Department of Workforce Services, the Salt Lake Chamber Women’s Business Center will present the national Sloan Awards in Utah for 2013–and now is the time to apply. The applications are due Friday, May 10.
The application process is a simple, two-step process with an Employer Application followed by an employee survey if a business is selected to move onto the next round.
It’s no secret that Utah is a great place to live. The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index for 2012 ranks Utah fourth overall. Our state has also been named one of the Elite Five states for well-being along with Hawaii, Minnesota, Colorado and Montana. The Elite Five have shown a sustained level of excellence over five years.
Residents of elite well-being states rate their lives as better today and expect them to be even better in the future. They have better emotional health, much lower obesity rates, carry reduced disease burden, enjoy their jobs more, and smoke less while exercising more.
Utah’s largest metropolitan areas also garnered acclaim for their well-being scores. Salt Lake City earned the seventh spot in the Top Large Communities category; and the Provo-Orem region ranked third in the Top Mid-Size Communities. Metropolitan areas in the top quintile included Provo-Orem as the fourth best.
The Well-Being Index is based off of the World Health Organization definition of health, which is “not only the absence of infirmity and disease, but also a state of physical, mental and social well-being.” More than 1.7 million people participated in the survey nationwide.
Bestselling author and international trust expert Stephen M.R. Covey will give a special presentation next Tuesday, April 23rd, at the Salt Lake City Marriott City Center. He is currently on tour for his new book, “The Speed of Trust.”
Covey’s presentation will advocate the return of trust in American and Canadian organizations in both the profit and not-for-profit sectors, extending beyond the dialogue on trust as a soft, social virtue. He will give attendees a greater vision of trust as a measurable, strategic advantage as well as share the behaviors and tools common to all high-trust leaders around the world. He will also teach how to extend “Smart Trust,” even in environments where risk exists.
The presentation will take place starting at 8:30 in the morning, running until noon. It costs $49 dollars per person ($39 for Chamber members). There is a special discounted group rate available.
Covey is a sought-after advisor and keynote speaker on trust, leadership, ethics and high performance. He is the former CEO of Covey Leadership Center, which, under his stewardship, became the largest leadership-development company in the world.
For the full reports from this week and weeks past, visit KSL Radio online. Remember to tune in between 12:30 and 1 p.m. to KSL NewsRadio every week day on 102.7 FM or 1160 AM. If your business is doing something great, let us know and we may just feature it on the Utah Business Report.