Rio Associate, Judie Pellegrino has given us 24 great years and we’re all better for it! Take a look at a few highlights from the Judie years.
At Rio, we started an adventure seven years ago to address the health and wellness of our associates and their families. It started as a program to reduce our rising medical insurance costs and, in the beginning, was a classic first attempt at a new program: It took some time to engage associates and build internal support. Over time, however, our Wellness Program has shown huge improvement and associate involvement has snowballed. In addition to reducing our insurance costs, we’ve benefitted from the positive side effects of healthier associates, including increased productivity and less absenteeism. . .
This weekend found us wandering the higher elevations of the Jemez Mountains. The forecast was gorgeous, allowing us to enjoy the day without being buried in winter gear. Just a couple of layers and our snowshoes…and no TVs! We would either do the 5-mile hike to the San Antonio Hot Springs near La Cueva or the 8-mile hike to the top of Los Griegos Peak. Being the perennial early bird, I was ready to leave by 7:00am, only to walk laps around the house waiting for Miss Thing to pull it together. She mentioned something about not being rushed and leisurely enjoying her Saturday morning. A phrase that sounds like fingernails on a blackboard to me, but I own that, because I get a bit excited when it comes to the weekends!
Our guest contributor this week is Mike Ross. Mike has been the safety coach at Rio Grande for many years and, in his free time, he leads an enviable life of excitement and adventure. Each weekend, he and his wife embark upon adventures that take full advantage of the natural beauty and wonder of New Mexico. Most Mondays, he sends an email to all of us at Rio in which he describes his adventures and shares his breathtaking pictures.