April 01, 2017
The Best Places to Work in Direct Selling 2017 Honorees
by Andrea Tortora
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There is a large team of people who work diligently behind the scenes at LifeVantage to make sure that every experience with the company is the best it can be.
This group of corporate employees looks out for one another, and ensures that everyone succeeds.
People typically only see the “forward facing” part of LifeVantage (and most other direct selling companies), which is the sales team and distributor support.
“It’s important to know that there is a partnership among fellow employees,” said Robyn Reed, Quality Assurance Manager. “There is a sense of encouragement and support between the departments.”
For many workers like Colton Smith, Regional Sales Manager, coworkers are close friends and supporters. “With these relationships, working together as a team comes naturally.”
Employees say they know that executives care about them and are willing to act on their feedback. The culture at LifeVantage is described as one of unity, appreciation and accountability.
Employee access badges are paired with a card that outlines the company’s strategic plans so that everyone can see how they are helping the company move forward.
“We are constantly asking ourselves how we can help our distributors have more success, and it shows,” said Jared Haddock, Creative Director. “We know their names, they know ours. Some have our personal numbers on speed dial.”
Forging close ties with people working in the field only strengthens the business. Inventory Clerk Diana Romay says that employees get to know distributors when they come to the office or at events.
“They too are a part of our LifeVantage family,” Romay said. “As a collective, we do what it takes to look out for one another both in the field and in the office.”
This symbiotic relationship paid off when LifeVantage was experiencing growing pains.
“We all banded together to overcome obstacles and create new solutions to problems that had never existed before,” Romay said. “A lot of respect came from past and present challenges, and it drives our desire and dedication to continue to achieve new heights.”
And when employees go above and beyond, managers and executives are quick to provide rewards and recognition, not to mention generous benefits.
Employees enjoy great health insurance, company stock, bonuses, floating holidays, phone reimbursements, “awesome” break rooms with access to popcorn machines, soda machines and snack drawers. The company also pays for half of each employee’s membership to Lifetime fitness.
The gym membership is a popular benefit among employees, who say they otherwise could not afford to belong to such a prestigious gym.
LifeVantage also provides frequent company outings to movie premieres or a go-kart track. And as a sponsor of the Real Salt Lake soccer team, employees get the opportunity to attend the games.
“There’s nothing quite like getting spoiled with the delicious LifeVantage Real Salt Lake suite,” Smith said.
There are also smaller, unexpected perks, such as having free massages in the office and the added bonus of work travel that exposes employees to new places and people.
At staff meetings, managers, directors, and executives recognize their teams and publicly praise their performances in front of the rest of the company. Employees might be rewarded with a gift card, an iPad, or even $100 in cash.
Flexible work schedules and an unlimited paid-time-off policy round out the team philosophy at LifeVantage. When Smith was pursing a degree, LifeVantage created a work schedule that paired with the school schedule.
“They trust employees to get their work done and they know that work-life balance is important to get the best results,” Haddock said.
Opportunities for career and professional development are plentiful. Employees are encouraged to attend conferences, symposiums, workshops and trainings that they feel will assist them in their work. “They really invest in employees,” Haddock said.
Being a public company also lends credibility and responsibility. “It means we hold ourselves to a higher standard and I can count on us always doing things the right way,” Haddock said.
What keeps employees coming back to work each day? It’s a combination of the culture and the people at LifeVantage, Romay said.
“I have fun and hardworking coworkers who challenge me and make me feel a part of something bigger,” Romay said.
“At the end of the day, I go home feeling fulfilled and satisfied knowing I’ve made a contribution to our company’s growth,” she says. “Even on my birthday, when I could easily request it off with a paid floating holiday, I still prefer to come in and spend it with my friends being productive instead of staying home.”