1-800 CONTACTS Honored for Exemplary Work Place Practices – Receives Prestigious Alfred P. Sloan Award for Excellence in

  1-800 CONTACTS Honored for Exemplary Work Place Practices – Receives
  Prestigious Alfred P. Sloan Award for Excellence in Workplace Effectiveness
  and Flexibility

Business Wire

DRAPER, Utah -- November 19, 2012

1-800 CONTACTS has been honored with the 2012 Alfred P. Sloan Award for
Excellence in Workplace Effectiveness and Flexibility for its use of
flexibility as an effective workplace strategy to increase business and
employee success. The award was presented by the Salt Lake Chamber Women’s
Business Center.

At 1-800 CONTACTS the key to its reputation of superior customer service is
its associates. That is why the company invests heavily in its award winning
work environment, associate job satisfaction and benefits beyond what many
employers offer - whether it’s the on-site fitness center staffed with
professional trainers, low-cost high-quality meals in the on-site restaurant,
movie events for employees and their families, or the annual summer picnic.

“At 1-800 CONTACTS we recognize that the key to our success is our employees
and we foster a sense of value in them by allowing flexible work schedules,
offering numerous onsite benefits such as wellness incentive programs and
hosting team building events that recognize commitment to the company and
encourage career development,” said Brian Bethers, president of 1-800
CONTACTS. “We are honored to receive this award and hope to encourage other
companies to incorporate similar workplace programs.”

The Sloan Awards are unique for their rigorous, two-step selection process,
which involves an evaluation of employers’ flexibility programs and practices,
and a confidential employee survey. All applicants are measured against
national norms from the National Study of Employers. The prestigious award,
part of the national When Work Works project, recognizes employers of all
sizes and types in Utah and across the country. The awards are administered by
the Family and Work Institute and the Society for Human Resource Management.

“As a recipient of the 2012 Sloan Award, 1-800 CONTACTS ranks in the top 20%
of employers nationally in terms of its programs, policies and culture for
creating an effective and flexible workplace,” said Ellen Galinsky, president
of Families and Work Institute. “In addition, what makes this honor so special
is that their employees have corroborated this, affirming that it is indeed an
effective and flexible workplace.”

About 1-800 CONTACTS

1-800 CONTACTS, Inc., a subsidiary of WellPoint, Inc., is the largest retailer
of contact lenses in the United States.1-800 CONTACTS offers all soft contact
lenses produced by major manufacturers including Johnson & Johnson, CIBA
Vision, Bausch & Lomb, and Cooper Vision products at competitive prices while
delivering exceptional customer service. The company stocks more than 15
million contact lenses and delivers over 200,000 every day directly to
customers.1-800 CONTACTS has delivered over 25 million orders to more than 8
million customers since the company was created in 1995. Through its
easy-to-remember, toll-free telephone number “1-800 CONTACTS” (1-800-266-8288)
and award-winning website, the company ships approximately 98 percent of its
orders within one business day of receipt and verification of prescriptions.
In 2011, 1-800 CONTACTS launched Glasses.com to extend the mission of superior
customer service to glasses wearers.Like 1-800 CONTACTS, Glasses.com is
committed to the highest standard of customer service, offering free In-Home
Try-On, free shipping and free returns.Glasses.com is positioned to become
the leading online retailer of name-brand glasses by providing superior
customer service, convenience, and innovative solutions to the consumer
glasses buying process.

About When Work Works

When Work Works is a national initiative, led by the partnership of Families
and Work Institute and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), to
help businesses of all sizes and types become more successful by transforming
the way they view and adopt effective and flexible workplaces. When Work Works
is one of the foremost providers of resources, rigorous research and best
practices on workplace effectiveness and flexibility in the nation. The
initiative administers the prestigious Alfred P. Sloan Awards for Excellence
in Workplace Effectiveness and Flexibility annually, which recognize exemplary
employers for using flexibility as an effective workplace strategy to increase
business and employee success. Visit www.whenworkworks.org and follow us on
Twitter @FWINews and @SHRMPress.

Contact:

WellPoint
Gene Rodriguez, Public Relations Director
317-488-6168 or 317-677-5946
geraldine.rodriguez@wellpoint.com
 
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