Fuzion participated in the 24th annual Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work® Day on April 27, 2017. Many associates participated in the program with 18 students spending the bulk of the work day at Fuzion. The theme of this year’s international program was “Count on Me!” Resources were available on the non-profit’s website to aid organizations in hosting students to show and teach them what it is like to be part of a workplace team. A key message is it takes all team members acting responsibly to make an organization successful. Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work® Day is consistently held the fourth Thursday in April, during which last year 39 million people participated in the U.S. alone.
Fuzion’s guests began their day with a welcome breakfast and overview of the day by Amber Bernauer, human resources assistant and event coordinator. Barry Staldine, president and chief executive officer, discussed how Fuzion helps the senior insurance industry and policyholders and the importance of our culture in working together and helping each other perform well in our different roles. Our General Counsel, Kristine Rickard, shared information about her role and the overall responsibilities of the legal team and why she enjoys working at Fuzion. After an office tour where a representative of each functional area spoke to our guests about how their department fits into the overall Fuzion picture, the group participated in two contribution activities. Fuzion enjoys giving back to the community and we wanted our young guests to experience first-hand the importance of doing something for others. One group created hygiene kits for homeless people in the Indianapolis area and the other group wrote letters to kids at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health.
These activities seemed to impact our youngest guests in pre-school and elementary school, as well as our guests in high school. Amanda Perry, daughter of Mary Perry, Senior Consumer Support Specialist, reflected on her experience practicing her leadership skills during one of the activities. “During the time I spent at Fuzion we wrote letters and drew pictures to the sick children at Riley. The little kids were the main contributors of the activity and I helped over-see the process. They expressed great joy in being able to help. I hope seeing the pictures and letters will brighten the children’s stay while at Riley.” Maya Ferrand, daughter of Fuzion’s chief fraud officer, Jeff Ferrand, shared the best part of the day was “doing her part to put together hygiene kits for homeless people in Indianapolis.”
After the contribution time, the students shadowed their parents or other associates that had roles that were of interest to them. The day wrapped up with a lunch and Q&A session about their experience. Fuzion’s manager of IT Development, Matt Wuertz, brought his children to work to learn about how he contributes to Fuzion. In the wrap up session with our HR Assistant, Amber Bernauer, Matt’s young son, William, responded to the question on what he learned with “my dad’s job is to solve problems.” That is exactly what Matt does with his team of technology professionals. It was a great day to show our kids we count on our co-workers to perform our responsibilities at Fuzion, just like people count on them and it is good for them to count on others.