We’re proud to announce that Swimways Corporation has been named one of 2014′s Best Places to Work in Virginia by Virginia Business and Best Companies Group. From our scary fun Halloween contest, to our annual Day of Caring, there are so many reasons why working at Swimways is such a great experience.
To help welcome new employees to Swimways we have a program in place called N.E.A.T week. N.E.A.T stands for “new employee assimilation and training,” it’s a week long process where new hires spend time with existing employees in different departments, learning about their job duties, and connecting with each other on a personal level. We also offer paid volunteer leave, paid birthday leave, summer hours and an on-site gym.
The annual list of the Best Places to Work in Virginia was created by Virginia Business and Best Companies Group. This statewide awards program is a two-part survey process which identifies, recognizes and honors the best places of employment in Virginia. The collected information was then combined to determine the strengths and opportunities of the participating companies and the final rankings.
Virginia Beach, Va. (December 4, 2013) – Swimways Corp., a leading outdoor recreational products manufacturer, announced today that it has been named one of 2014’s Best Places to Work in Virginia by Virginia Business and Best Companies Group.
“It is a tremendous honor to be recognized as one of the Best Places to Work in Virginia,” said David Arias, president of Swimways Corp. “From the weekly fresh fruit deliveries to the birthdays off, we are always looking for ways to improve life at Swimways. But what I’m most proud of is our culture, which has been created by all of our employees; it is one of integrity, support, dedication and a high regard for one another.”
The company also has a program in place that helps new employees feel welcome and acclimated with their new environment. N.E.A.T week, which stands for “new employee assimilation and training,” includes a process where new hires spend time with existing employees in various departments, learning about their professional background and job duties, and connecting with each other on a personal level. In addition, Swimways also offers paid volunteer leave, paid birthday leave, summer hours and an on-site gym.
The annual list of the Best Places to Work in Virginia was created by Virginia Business and Best Companies Group. This statewide awards program is a two-part survey process which identifies, recognizes and honors the best places of employment in Virginia. Part one involved the evaluation of each nominated company’s workplace practices, policies, philosophy, systems and demographics. This part was worth about 25 percent of the total evaluation. The second part consisted of a survey to measure employee experience. This final part of the process was worth approximately 75 percent of the total evaluation. The collected information was then combined to determine the strengths and opportunities of the participating companies and the final rankings. The registration, survey process and data analysis was managed by Best Companies Group.
About Swimways Corp.
Based in Virginia Beach, Virginia, Swimways is a privately owned leisure and recreational products manufacturer whose mission is making free time more fun through innovation. It is a company rich in traditional values and respected for the quality and integrity of its products and services. With distribution in over 50,000 storefronts, it markets three unique brands: SwimWays®, Kelsyus® and COOP®. With offices in Hong Kong and the United States, the company’s diverse staff is passionate about developing fun and engaging products for kids of all ages. They are equally passionate about making sure kids are safe in and around the water and believe learning to swim is an important life skill. Swimways has been teaching kids to swim for over 40 years — longer than anyone else (except parents, of course!). In January 2007, Swimways began donating a portion of wholesale sales of the Swim Steps™ product line to Operation Smile. To date, the program has provided facial reconstructive surgeries to more than 5,000 kids around the world. For more information, visit www.swimways.com.
It wasn’t long ago that we were sharing outdoor theme party ideas, water confidence tips and fun pool games with you. As you know, the holidays are just around the corner. We can clearly see this in stores and hear festive tunes on the radio on our way to work, even though we might feel it’s just a little bit too early!
Have you started planning your holiday shopping list yet? For those of you who need a little inspiration we’ve picked out some of our favorite products from the SwimWays.com Holiday Gift Guide.
1. Radically creative snow play
Shredz snowboarding action figures actually ride the mountain!
Each action figure comes with his own snowboard and helmet (helmet not shown in this image)
The Track Maker is an additional accessory that allows children to sculpt slopes for their Shredz action figures
Xtreme Terrain Park Trick Set and Big Air Jump accessories allow children to build an awesome terrain track for the best tricks and jumps!
We have to give a shout out to our sister brand COOP. Last year COOP introduced us to Shredz, a new line of snowboarder action figures. These little guys are about 3.75″ high and can glide on snow with their included snowboard. Using the Track Maker, Big Air Jump and Trick Set, kids will experience imaginative snow play by carving out a snowboarding terrain park for their Shredz toys. Perfect for families who enjoy the great outdoors.
2. Introduce baby to the water with the Baby Spring Float
Do you know a new parent who loves to swim? Why not get a gift that allows mom and dad to engage with their little one in the water? The Baby Spring Float Sun Canopy provides a memorable bonding experience between parent and child. This inflatable pool float for older babies and younger toddlers has fabric-covered inflation and a soft mesh seat for durability and comfort. It also features a removable canopy for added shade on those bright, sunny days. Suitable for children ages 9-24 months.
3. The travelling pool float
We all know someone with the travel bug! Treat your frequently vacationing friends to a Spring Float SunSeat. This inflatable chair with fabric-covered inflation provides a relaxing sit-up floating experience; it even includes a cup holder for a favorite beverage. Super portable, this comfortable pool float easily folds and stores. It’s also the perfect size for a suitcase, so it can go pretty much anywhere!
4. Victory! A flotation device children want to wear!
A personal flotation device just for kids – US Coast Guard Approved Type III PFD
The cute dorsal fin is flexible and bends when children sit back for comfort
Multiple colors to match their style
We can’t say enough good things about our U.S. Coast Guard Certified Type III Personal Flotation Device just for kids. The perfect gift for a child in an active outdoor family, the colorful styling and fun flexible dorsal fin encourages imaginative role-play, making it a life jacket kids want to wear. Extremely comfortable, this children’s PFD offers freedom of movement for continuous wear, and buoyancy technology allows for successful balance of the child’s center of gravity, giving him or her greater control and stability in the water.
5. Because they should always swim with a buddy!
Pooligans are sweet huggable plush toys for in and out of the water
They provide buoyant flotation and quick-dry outer fabric and stuffing
Four fun character styles: Penguin, Polar Bear, Pink Dolphin and Blue Shark
Our award winning Pooligans are sweet, huggable plush toys with buoyant flotation. These little guys are anti-microbial with quick-dry outer fabric and stuffing. Not just for the pool, once Pooligans dry off they’re great as an indoor buddy too!
Need something else for the water lovers in your life? Check out our other recommendations for your holiday list from our complete holiday gift guide and Pinterest boards.