Staples redesigns healthier headquarters

Staples (NASDAQ:SPLS) announced the opening of a new health and fitness center at its global headquarters in Framingham, Massachusetts. The center is the latest update in a series of changes intended to reinvent the company's business and culture.

Other recent updates to the campus include a smoke-free initiative, a healthier cafeteria and a more open and collaborative floor plan, resulting in a better work environment for employees.

"The health and well-being of Staples associates is paramount to the company's success," said John Burke, chief culture officer, Staples. "We're investing in our greatest asset, our associates, to make sure they have a world-class work environment and the resources they need to feel fit and energized."

The 9,500 sq.-ft. health and fitness center is staffed by One Health Management, and the campus features an outdoor terrace and lawn area where employees can work, eat, build teams and stay physically fit with activities such as boot camp training and 5k races.

The new terrace is next to the parking garage, which previously announced a 685 kilowatt solar power installation, as well as an electric vehicle charging station.

Staples also announced the creation of the Staples Share Fund, a nonprofit that offers relief for Staples associates in need of financial assistance due to natural disasters, catastrophic events or other circumstances beyond their control. Staples will match all contributions up to $1 million.

"The Staples Share Fund is another way for our associates to be able to help out their co-workers in their time of need, and make a difference in the Staples community, something Staples employees are always looking to do," Burke said.

Staples has put a significant focus on innovation and redesign this year. Over the summer the company opened a test lab—dubbed the Development Center—in Seattle to test e-commerce, search and personalized shopping initiatives. And in spring, the retailer revamped the Staples EasyTech program to help shift more sales online and provide shoppers and small businesses with more technology services.

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