In an Inside Public Accounting article published recently, Will Eckerson discusses Bennett Thrasher’s June BT on the AT hikes, which were held in support of mental health awareness and covered about 80 miles of the Appalachian Trail. The hikes encouraged team members to immerse themselves in nature to improve their own mental health and learn how to encourage others who may need support.
Will decided to hike five miles, camp and then hike 10 more miles the next day. While it proved to be challenging, the camaraderie and sense of accomplishment made BT on the AT a very positive experience, he explains. Will says the hikers returned to work with big smiles on their faces. “People walked back in the office and said, ‘I had a great day outside.’”
In addition to the hikes, Bennett Thrasher also held several educational activities surrounding mental health awareness, including a 90-minute panel discussion covering ways to help those in need of mental health support, and another discussion on mental health in the workplace. The firm also sponsored two volunteer activities, one with the Atlanta Community Food Bank and the other working with Canine Assistants, because according to Will, helping others boosts well-being.
Adding to other ways the firm gives back, Bennett Thrasher also dedicates a percentage of its annual revenue to the BT Foundation, which allows organizations to apply for grants or firm members to volunteer their time. “You get to see the passion of our people come out in a different way than just serving clients,” Will explains.
The firm’s “Better Together” tagline was chosen because Bennett Thrasher is committed to helping clients and helping each other. “People don’t stay at a firm if they don’t believe in the other people. We’re very focused on providing outstanding people to work with because that’s what keeps people here,” Will says.
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