benefitexpress September 27, 2018 6 min read

Standing Ovation Award: Alyssa Newswanger

A Standing Ovation is a special employee recognition program at benefitexpress that honors employees who have gone above and beyond in fulfilling our Community Pillars. Each quarter, nominations are tallied, read, and carefully considered before being awarded to two employees. We announce this recognition at our company “Town Hall” all-staff meetings where the final nominations are read aloud to highlight just how much the winners have done to deserve the award. Aside from the recognition, each winner also receives a check for $2,500.

Alyssa Newswanger, in-house staff counsel, wins the first employee recognition program Standing Ovation award for the third quarter at benefitexpress.

A day in the life of Alyssa

Alyssa’s day-to-day is filled with “reading, writing and talking.” Depending on what the priority is on a project, she may be: reading regulations for a compliance project, writing up a new contract for a prospective client, researching a new question posed by another department, or on the phone talking through the finer points of a contract. She explains further that no two projects are ever the same – her day-to-day duties are always changing and continually presenting her with new challenges to face.

The biggest motivation factor

Alyssa’s motivation is fueled when faced with a challenge. “I know I can work through it, but it’s going to take a little patience and a lot of hard work,” Alyssa said. “Thankfully, I believe in the adage that ‘hard work pays off’ which feels appropriate at benefitexpress. Our hard work pays off with our ability to provide the highest quality services to our clients.”

Opportunities for professional growth

This October, Alyssa will celebrate her two-year anniversary working with the company. “The growth and educational opportunities that I have been offered throughout my time at benefitexpress has been invaluable,” Alyssa said. “Working one-on-one with our experienced chief counsel has helped me to develop crucial and necessary skills for the industry in a setting that many newer attorneys do not have access to. The learning process goes far beyond just asking questions and being given answers, as I’m challenged to continually develop my critical thinking and analysis skills in this evolving industry. I’ve lost count on how many different areas of law and different projects I’ve delved into during my two years with benefitexpress, and I look forward to what the future has in store.”

Company culture is a mutual success

Alyssa values how benefitexpress fosters a strong sense of teamwork. “This culture is one of mutual success, where we look to help one another solve complex problems, complete time-sensitive projects, and achieve the highest goals for not just ourselves, but the company as a whole. The team mentality is central to benefitexpress, and I believe it’s an integral part of each one of our community pillars we strive to uphold.”

A favorite memory

“Seeing how our entire company came together to help support a couple of employees that went through incredible hardship through various methods of donation has stuck with me throughout my first two years with benefitexpress. For me, it simply continues to show the depth of this company’s dedication to its staff.”

Alyssa is every employers dream come true, but don’t just take it from us! Here are actual candid quotes of what Alyssa’s peers voluntarily shared with us through anonymous submissions.

  • “Supporting numerous teams across the organization is what Alyssa is all about.”
  • “She is always super positive and directs colleagues down the right path to achieving the company's goals.”
  • “In a short amount of time, she learned both benefit administration and our organization.”
  • "Whatever Alyssa doesn't know, she is not afraid to ask and learn.”
  • "When a complex issue arises, her problem-solving efforts do not go unnoticed."

This type of incredible feedback from the employees at benefitexpress make it evident to the company how deserving Alyssa is of the Standing Ovation award. The benefitexpress team is inspired by Alyssa’s work ethic and fortunate to have her as part of the community. Congratulations, Alyssa!

Interested in learning more about the culture at benefitexpress? Check out our company culture web page to read more.