Big Brothers Big Sisters of R.I.’s employees walking strong toward better health

Healthiest Employers of Rhode Island 2023
2-99 Employees 2. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rhode Island
CEO (or equivalent): Katje Afonseca, CEO
Number of employees: 32

WHEN IT COMES to providing a healthy environment for employees, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rhode Island’s leadership talks the talk and walks the walk. Literally.

We believe that a healthy and happy staff is paramount to achieving our mission.’
KATJE AFONSECA, CEO

The Providence-based organization’s Walking Club provides staff with paid break time to take a 30-minute walk each day. Even remote workers can participate in the club on their own. There are also meditation and stress-reducing sessions offered by Coastline EAP at the nonprofit.

“We promote a culture where we put employee well-being first, and encourage a healthy work-life balance,” Big Brothers CEO Katje Afonseca said. “We continuously encourage our staff members to care for themselves.”

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Big Brothers’ work in matching young people with adult role models can be challenging. The nonprofit believes it’s important for its employees to take care of themselves to help serve the community. “We believe that a healthy and happy staff is paramount to achieving our mission,” Afonseca said.