When the HOTWORX studio managed by Jeremy Harwell achieved its goal of reaching 1,000 current active members, the company rewarded him with an all expenses paid trip to the Super Bowl.

The trip is one of several travel incentives HOTWORX has given to staff members for meeting goals. Earlier this year, the staff was rewarded with a five-day cruise to the Bahamas. And in December, the corporate staff and their significant others will get to stay at an all-inclusive resort in St. Lucia.

“We work hard, reach – in some cases, shatter – goals, and get rewarded,” said  Harwell, who now works as [a] franchise performance coach in the HOTWORX corporate office in  Marrero. “The company recognizes hard work and accomplishments, which is great for workplace morale.”

The HOTWORX corporate office features two saunas and a full gym, and employees are encourages to take time out of the workday to use these amenities. Employees there can also wear casual attire or athleisure apparel to work.

HOTWORX is part of Planet Beach Franchising Corp., and employees credit CEO and founder Steve Smith for cultivating a  corporate culture that fosters wellness and rewards hard work.

“He takes  a very  hands-on approach. His dedication to the success of this organization is relentless, and his passion is contagious,” said April Grandbouche, director of procurement and e-commerce.

For several years, HOTWORX has donated saunas to fire stations to provide firefighter wellness. “We have learned that cancer is the leading cause of death among firefighters,” Grandbouche said. “In their line of work,  they are exposed to more toxins than their bodies can effectively expel. One of the key benefits of infrared exposure is detoxification.”

The company also installed two saunas for the Sacred Mountain Retreat Center, a non-profit retreat facility in South Dakota, for the rehabilitation of wounded warriors. And during the HOTWORX convention in July in Las Vegas, the company coordinated a silent auction that raised nearly $20,000 for the Wounded Warrior program at the retreat center.

“I am so proud to be part of an organization that cares about its employees, creates a fun work environment, gives back to the community, offers great services to customers all over the world and is growing by leaps and bounds,” Grandbouche said.


Written By: Autumn Cafiero Giusti

Released January 6, 2020