Three Hoosier companies among ‘Best Places to Work’

INDIANAPOLIS (Inside INdiana Business) — Two Indiana companies have been recognized on Outside Magazine‘s “Best Places to Work” list.

Three Indiana companies have been recognized on Outside Magazine‘s “Best Places to Work” list. Indianapolis-based LifeOmic, advertising company Young & Laramore and The Garrett Companies in Greenwood were each ranked out of 50 companies by vacation time, perks and average salary.  Indianapolis-based LifeOmic and The Garrett Companies in Greenwood were each ranked out of 50 companies by vacation time, perks and average salary. 

Health care software company LifeOmic took the No. 27 spot on the list. The company, which earlier this year developed a fasting app, was commended on the perks it offers, which the publication says includes annual pool parties, free gym memberships, weekly catered lunches, flexible work schedules, a break room with beer, wine, and snacks and a biannual all-expenses-paid retreat in Salt Lake City.

LifeOmic Chief Executive Officer and Founder Don Brown says employee morale is one of the keys to the company’s success. 

“A company is nothing without the team behind it, which is why LifeOmic is committed to ensuring our employees have a rewarding, healthy and enjoyable workplace. We believe our success directly correlates with breeding an environment that embodies our core values,” said Brown. “To be recognized as one of this country’s top 50 best companies to work for is one of the highest honors I can have as CEO.”

In the No. 37 spot, Young & Laramore garnered attention on the list for the value it puts in its employee’s creative energy. One anonymous employee told the magazine: “We offer every employee a hundred bucks to spend on something that feeds their creative side. We call it the Y&L Creativity Fund. And people are doing cool stuff with it: taking cooking classes, learning calligraphy, studying improv, getting a new guitar. Anything counts, as long as it inspires you or helps you see the world differently or gives you tools to create.”

The Garrett Companies, who took the No. 47 spot on the list, was recognized for providing four weeks of paid time off for employees and has a lengthy perks list as well, including: a 24-hour fitness center, weekly yoga classes (twice weekly in summer), monthly massage therapy, and haircuts all on-site, half-day summer Fridays, office teams for adventure racing, 5Ks, and Spartan races, office Ping-Pong, standing-long-jump, and 100-meter-dash challenges and a one-week, all-expenses-paid ski retreat in Telluride, Colorado.

The publication says it builds the rankings from employee survey results and an evaluation of each organization’s workplace policies, practices and demographics. 

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2 Columbus police officers arrested, facing charges of misconduct, ghost employment

COLUMBUS, Ind. (WISH) — Two Columbus police officers have been arrested on multiple charges including official misconduct and ghost employment.

According to Indiana State Police, Dan Meister and Ron May were arrested for allegedly working off-duty security jobs while also working on duty with the Columbus Police Department. An investigation into the officers began in November 2018 after a request was made by the Columbus Police Department.

Lt. Dan Meister and Sgt. Ron May allegedly worked overlapping shifts for both the police department and Columbus Regional Hospital between February 2015 and August 2018. The officers were paid by CPD and the hospital for the same hours worked on multiple occasions.

Meister had overlapped hours on 52 different occasions and May overlapped on 62 occasions, investigators say.

The investigation was turned over to a special prosecutor and arrest warrants were issued for the men on Friday. They were arrested Friday afternoon without incident and taken to the Bartholomew County Jail, police say.

Both officers are facing charges of official misconduct, ghost employment and theft.

May and Meister are expected to face initial hearings soon.

Information about how long they have worked with CPD was not immediately available.