2016 WorkWell MA Bronze Award Winner, Flexcon Industries
Interview with Kim Smith
Tell us about yourself and your organization.
Flexcon Industries, a member of the Swan Group, is a world leader in the design and manufacture of pre-pressurized diaphragm tanks used in water storage applications. Focusing on quality, innovation, and customer service since 1989 they have positioned their products at the forefront of the industry. Flexcon is the first company to offer a stainless-steel water connection on a well tank, a union connection, the first flow thru tank for constant pressure systems, and the first diaphragm composite tank.
I am the Administrative Assistant/Wellness Coordinator and, along with Vicki Scopa, run the wellness program. We organize seminars, challenges and bring in vendors from the health and wellness industry. We also handle all program communications including newsletters, postings and emails.
Congratulations on being a WWCMA WorkWell Massachusetts awardee. What does this mean for team you/your team?
We have worked hard to organize and maintain our wellness program so this means a lot to us and shows us that our efforts are worthwhile. Vicki and I both do this in our spare time so winning an award is validation that our program is on track and working.
Why are wellness programs important for your organization?
Wellness programs are important because it reflects on the company. It shows that they care for their employees, not just for the work that they do for the organization, but also on a personal level. The program is not enforced and it’s not a numbers thing, meaning it doesn’t tie back to our insurance. No one is punished or rewarded for participating or not in the program, rather it is done to engage employees and help them on all levels.
What wellness program(s) have you implemented? Any new initiatives planned?
Our ongoing programs include the healthy snack of the month, we are involved in the Nourish to Flourish program, and we have a weight loss program called Weigh-to-Earn.
We don’t currently have anything new planned but we are hoping that in conjunction with our new insurance broker we will be trying out some new programs. We would like to bring in a vendor each month for a workshop or class for our employees to take advantage of such as a fitness classes, an ergonomics class, a nutrition workshop, etc.
What impact is/are they having on your organization and employees?
We believe the program is good for morale. Giving people knowledge and ways to help them be healthier is the first component and then some of our wellness challenges bring everyone together so it’s great for employee morale and engagement.
Are there aspects of your wellness program that make it unique that you would like to share?
The healthy snack of the month is unique because we provide our employees with different types of food that they might not normally eat. In the past, we have given out different kinds of fruits, veggie cups and we recently have teamed up with Snack Nation, who will be providing us monthly with unique options such as plantain chips, sweet potato chips and other healthy alternatives. We have a diverse group of people so we try to find things that are beneficial for everyone.
Who are your wellness champions? (CEO, division leader, HR leader, an employee, etc)
Just myself and Vicki, who is our Document Control/Wellness Coordinator.
Any words of wisdom for organizations starting a new program?
Keep it simple to start. If you make it to elaborate to begin with it is hard to keep up. But don’t give up – you might get a lot of resistance in the beginning but it will pay off!