Companies named a Best Company to Work For in four out of five years are inducted into our Hall of Fame. Here is a profile of one of the 2020 Hall of Fame companies:
Develops and manufactures respiratory technologies for patients with chronic or acute breathing disorders.
President & CEO: Joseph Army
Years in Business: 21 (7 in NH)
Full-time Employees: 450 (250 in NH)
Years on List: 4 (plus two in Hall of Fame)
Address: 100 Domain Drive, Exeter, NH 03833
As a medical device manufacturer, Vapotherm is busier than ever keeping up with COVID-19-related demand. That has meant asking more of its employees amid new safety protocols.
That has also meant adding new employees even during the pandemic. To show their appreciation for their hard-working employees, Vapotherm hosted a June celebration, dubbed the “Very Best People Celebration,” to recognize its team’s accomplishments. For those who couldn’t attend, CEO Joe Army’s remarks of thanks were livestreamed.
Employees were treated to an outdoor pig roast with music, games, food and drinks, and all employees (whether remote or in-person) received jackets with their name embroidered on it.
That party was an extension of the company’s pre-COVID culture, when Army hosted monthly lunches with team members, selected at random, to hear their thoughts and concerns. The company also offers a Bright Idea program where employees can submit ideas and those whose ideas are implemented are eligible to receive gift cards or to be named a Bright Idea MVP.
Vapotherm also takes health seriously. A full-time worksite wellness coach hosts morning and after-work workout routines and conducts biometric screenings, health assessments and an annual flu shot clinic.
Diversity and inclusion have been a focus at Vapotherm for several years, which has meant hosting employee roundtables focused on those issues. As issues in inequity and systemic racism have come to the fore, Vapotherm has continued to hold those conversations. “Teams are stronger and do better with diversity among the team,” says Lindsey Becker, vice president of human resources.