Progressive Companies Michigan is Proud Of!

This article is reprinted from The Oakland Press, 5/3/2017

Corporate America, you know the drill: limited vacation time, not enough time off after having children and the dreaded insurance game.

Many of us don’t fully understand our corporate insurance policies, but we all have felt taken advantage of or limited by archaic insurance policies.

The Swedish-American company Atlas Copco in Auburn Hills aims to change that by using some progressive European policies in the United States.

Atlas Copco, an industrial tools and equipment manufacturer, is half of a mile from the expressway, in a corporate landscape. Outside, it blends with the industrial theme, but on the inside it’s the happy employees, strategic interior design and extra benefits offered to employees that make this company stand out. I toured Atlas Copco and sat down with General Manager, Anders Hoberg and Human Resource Manager, Roberta Brown, to find out why their employee retention rate is so high.

Aurore Henze, Michigan Health Star, with ATLAS COPCO, General Manager of American Operations, Anders Hoberg

“We were looking to improve our North American sector,” Hoberg said. “We’ve been here in metro Detroit for over 50 years and employ over 640 hard-working men and women, and we wanted to make new policies that focus on health, family, safety and the environment.

“The very things that are important to our employees are also important to us, as a company.”

Atlas has indeed hit those marks of improvement. In 2015 it won the Safety Health & Environmental Award and set a new standard in the corporate sector by starting what’s called SHE week. This is a week worth of activities focused on health and quality of life. But it doesn’t stop there.

Free yoga classes, monthly massages, baskets of fresh fruit, weight watcher programs and smoking cessation programs are all offered by the company either free or at a discounted price. Roberta Brown explains it like this, “Everyone has a voice here, we have open communication and we strive to provide a relaxed environment conducive to working both alone and together.”

“By making the kitchen the center of the office, as a meeting place and by making management accessible among the employees and not sealed off somewhere on another level, has greatly improved the employees work ethic, as they respond favorably to trust and freedom,” she says.

What stood out to me, when I took the tour, were all the smiling faces and the benefits I learned about, such as the lenient work-from-home policies, generous vacation and new parental leave policies. Atlas continues to succeed in the insurance segment, with monthly premium costs 20 percent lower than the national average.

But what about other companies? How can they follow suit, with all the new changes in insurance and the fragility of the Affordable Care Act, where does Michigan stand?

I spoke with Sunny Connolly of Patterson-Bryant insurance in Bingham Farms to get the scoop on new Michigan insurance laws.

“Small business plans have the ability to offer a HRA, which allows for businesses to reimburse employees for premiums and out-of-pocket expenses,” Connolly says. “Larger businesses, over 50 employees, still need to follow the compliance requirements when offering group health plans, such as ERISA, COBRA and Family Medical Leave Act.”

To avoid being audited by the Department of Labor, Connolly says, while Obamacare is still in place businesses are required to follow the act’s rules. Insurance brokers recommend that employers use third-party administrators, who have audit guarantees and hold-harmless clauses.

Aurore Henze, is the host and CEO of Michigan Health Star, a division of Health Star Media. Visit and subscribe to the Michigan Health Star YouTube channel for weekly updates.

42 lbs Lost on the Aurore-Vedic Detox

Aurore-Vedic Detox works!
Tamara Mather of Troy lost over 42 lbs in 6 weeks!

Tamara is a true delight to work with. Plagued with poor health most of her life she was ready and serious to make some changes. She was delighted with my Aurore-Vedic diet and organ decongestion program. Though she is losing weight quickly, right now we are focusing on organ reactivation.

This stimulates the organs which were congested to start working again. This is an important part missing from most detox programs like the kind you get at Whole Foods or CVS Pharmacy in a rush or the kind you get sucked into through someone’s less than ethical MLM tactics-like Arbonne or Thrive.

Right now Tamara is reading my books on ayurveda, natural health and body/mind psychotherapy (orgonomy).  My book on weight loss has over 21 pages of recipes and detailed instructions on how to do a gallbladder detox.  People really appreciate the dosha specific recipes to help them get used to and plan their new ayurvedic diet-they are also pleasantly surprised that the diet is quite easy!

Two of the biggest issues for less than desirable results or lack of is:

  1. Psycho-somatic deep core distress, these are emotional blocks held in segments of the body. During my time with working with someone, I use their body language, our relationship and the answers to the orgonomic questionaire I give them to assess to what degree I believe their symptoms are body/mind connected.  Overwhelmingly, rashes and skin problems such as acne have the strongest BNC.
  2. Not enough metabolic organ reactivation. In TCM an organ is considered cold if it is lethargic and non-productive.  In detoxing, true detoxing it is NOT simply enough to just pull out toxins out of organs. You must also work hard to reactivate the organ into working properly again.

There are many different ways I stimulate organs to rebuild and only a few utilize herbs. I have found some times, that my clientele does not take this part of the program seriously, no matter how much I encourage them to do so.  In the case of Tamara and other successful cases like Pam, these women invested time rebuilding their organ strength and not just detoxing. Which is taxing on the body.

Arbonne 7 Day “Cleanse” fake detox full of incompatible herbs, laxatives and diuretics

My organ decongestion program differs from most as it does not rely on laxatives, caffeine and diuretics to “detox” 

I use specifically chosen and individualized herbs according to ones constitution. Always being careful to protect and strengthen the kidneys. This is why most detoxes can be so harmful on the body. Another one you may have seen, is Teatox or Skinnymint on Facebook. Don’t be fooled! Now you know, what a true detox is or isn’t. Don’t make yourself more sick, trying to get healthy!

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