Force Protection Industries is a global leader in manufacturing heavy armored vehicles for the DOD and other military organizations. Force Protection currently operates a 400,000+ sq. ft. plant with a workforce of more than 1,000.
After experiencing serious email outages and turnover in support staff, Force Protection was looking for a partner who could help improve email stability in order to ensure delivery of quality service to their end user.
eGroup provided hardware platform upgrades within Force Protection’s network and applications as well as system integration support services.
After partnering with eGroup, Force Protection has experienced a performance system increase of 25% and delivery of stable services increased 75%. In addition, eGroup has provided Force Protection with a stable base to build upon for future upgrades as the organization continues to grow.
“[eGroup takes a] methodical approach to assessing problems or challenges and providing a plan for remediation.”
– Network Infrastructure Manager at Force Protection Industries
eGroup sponsored and presented the Grand Prize (an iPad) at Force Protection Industries’ “Beat the Bulge” awards ceremony that took place on-site at FPI on Monday, April 25th.
“Beat the Bulge” is not just a weight loss contest, but a lifestyle change initiative developed by FPI that encourages employees who wish to participate to name their bulge – be it high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, stress or simply just being overweight – and to overcome it through exercise, nutrition and behavior modification. The contest ran from January-April 2011.
Resources made available to participants during the contest included access to certified professionals, a fitness boot camp, a complimentary gym membership, weight loss programs, lunch and learns, and other on-site activities.
There was a team component of the initiative to help foster comraderie and peer support, and prizes went to both the “Beat the Bulge” team champions as well as the individual champion. No more than 50% of team members could be on the weight loss program for the contest, at least 50% had to participate in the physical activity or biometric improvement programs. Points were earned in a variety of ways including weight loss points, exercise points, bonus points (submission of reports) and penalty points (drop out, failure to weigh in, etc.)
The program’s mission to “promote physical activity and safe weight loss through proper nutrition and exercise, to encourage peer support in the work place, an to provide an activity that is healthy, educational and fun” was wildly successful and well received by employees. As a result, FPI plans to run additional ”Beat the Bulge” contests an ongoing basis throughout the year.