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Osako Recognized as 2016 Workforce Game Changer

July 28, 2016 | News | Company

stacie osakoNEWS RELEASE - CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA (07/28/2016) – Driving change in an organization isn't easy, but for human resources manager Stacie Osako, it fuels her passion. Over the past year, the company has implemented considerable changes focused at improving employee total wellbeing, and much of that can be contributed to Osako. Fortunately, her leadership hasn't gone unnoticed. Osako was recently named a 2016 Game Changer by Workforce Magazine, who reviews applications from around the world and selects only 25 HR professionals under age 40 for this recognition. These top performers will be featured in the magazine's August issue. For more information about the award, visit

In 2015, Osako helped launch a personal accountability plan that empowers employees to rechange and refocus. Referred to as TOTAL, an acronym for time off to appreciate life, the plan allows employees to decide for themselves how many days they need to balance life with their workload.

According to Osako, "We've moved away from a traditional paid time off policy to more of a personal accountability plan. We believe that when you treat people as adults, people who are passionate about their jobs, they will do their best. They know what time they need off and they'll work to get their jobs done."

Osako also helped introduce a one-time, month-long employee sabbatical program for workers who have been with the company at least 20 years. Recognizing the needs of new parents, she led an initiative to add six weeks of fully paid parental leave for both mothers and fathers. New mothers are provided six weeks of short-term disability plus the additional six weeks paid by Van Meter for a total 12-week paid leave.

"These innovative changes have been very successful," stated Osako. "It has become less of a benefit and more of a way of life."

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