Cooley Group’s staff buoyed by quirky, playful challenges

Healthiest Employers of Rhode Island 2019
150-499 EMPLOYEES #2: Cooley Group


CEO (or equivalent): Daniel Dwight, CEO and president
Number of employees: 210

AT COOLEY GROUP, the focus on employee and company wellness means encouraging playful opportunities, along with more traditional offerings such as health fairs.

Take, for instance, the time the company brought out life-sized cutouts of New England Patriots players. While employees threw footballs through the targets, Cooley executives washed employees’ cars as a charity fundraiser.

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Quirky events encourage not only physical activity, but teamwork and mental health breaks.

“It’s good for camaraderie and it’s a fun challenge,” explained Debra Bedrosian, vice president of human resources and social responsibility at the engineered membranes manufacturer.

“Everything we do has an element of physical movement to get our people off the floor or out of the office and into the courtyard,” she said.

Bedrosian said Cooley Group gives away almost 400 vacation days a year as rewards for wellness. During its twice-yearly walk challenge Cooley sees 90% participation, with the reward of an extra vacation day for meeting an average of 10,000 steps a day.

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