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Q&A with 2016 Bronze Level WorkWell MA Award Winner, Flexon Industries

Posted By Melissa Matheson, Wednesday, December 14, 2016

 

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!

 

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Q&A with 2016 Silver WorkWell MA Award Winner, Kronos, Inc.

Posted By Melissa Matheson, Monday, December 5, 2016

 

2016 WorkWell MA Silver Award Winner, Kronos
Interview with Tori Kulungian

 

Tell us about your yourself and your organization. 
I am a Benefits Specialist working in HR and focusing on benefits administration in the U.S. as well as the creation of our national and global wellness programming.  I have been with Kronos for 1 ½ years, beginning as an intern, and then transitioning to working as a full time employee in 2016 upon graduation from college. 

Kronos is a global provider of workforce management and human capital management cloud solutions based in Massachusetts. About 40 years ago we were the first to put a microprocessor in a timeclock, and today have grown into a $1.2 billion global software provider that helps organizations manage their most strategic asset: their workforces. We have tens of thousands of customers around the world in all different vertical markets, and more than 40 million people use a Kronos solution every day. We’re also proud to be consistently named a best place to work for our award-winning WorkInspired culture. We’ve been recognized by the likes of The Boston Globe, Forbes, The Globe and Mail, and the Great Place to Work® Institute in the U.S., Canada, Australia, and India. 


Congratulations on being a WWCMA WorkWell Massachusetts awardee. What does this mean for you/your team?
We are extremely excited and honored as a WWCMA WorkWell Award recipient. We have worked hard to grow and develop our wellness program and our efforts have been recognized by the WWCMA by raising our rank from a Bronze to Silver award recipient. We are thrilled to have our LiveInspired wellness program recognized as a one of the best in Massachusetts and we look forward to continuing its growth in the upcoming year. 

Why are wellness programs important for your organization?
Wellness programming is a key component of our WorkInspired culture at Kronos. LiveInspired wellness encompasses a wide range of financial, physical, emotional, and mental wellness benefits and programs for Kronites and their families. Kronos understands that happy and healthy employees are more satisfied with their jobs and therefore more engaged in their work – which translates into better products, better services, and happier customers. This virtuous cycle belief is the foundation for LiveInspired benefits. Our robust wellness plan is designed to empower Kronites to take the steps necessary to improve their personal wellness through offerings such as informational webinars, group competitions, and personal wellness plans. 

What wellness program(s) have you implemented? Any new initiatives planned?
We have implemented various programs in different areas. We have a full-time Wellness Specialist and Coach that sits on site, as well as a part-time trainer for our employees to meet their health and wellness goals. We have an onsite gym with extended weekend hours, as well as many group exercise classes. We host quarterly wellness challenges, and aim to engage our global population when possible. These challenges include our annual walking challenge, a stress reduction program around the holidays, and a 12-week weight loss challenge. Some of our new wellness offerings include a Wellness Ambassador program, nationally offered meditation classes onsite and through webinars, and an online fitness class pilot for our remote employees. The Ambassador program has taken off and will begin to expand to other locations.  It includes a network of employees throughout the United States who are passionate about wellness. These ambassadors spread our wellness programs and knowledge to other employees. 


What impact is/are they having on your organization and employees? 
We have seen various outcomes from our wellness programming throughout the years. The Wellness Ambassadors are able to push out wellness programs coming from the corporate office in Massachusetts out to our other U.S. offices and remote employees. The Ambassadors understand the wellness wants and needs of these populations better than corporate does and are able to effectively generate engagement and awareness. They also are encouraged to make wellness unique at their local offices. For instance, our Indianapolis innovation center, which has close to 200 employees, has been able to do this by generating participation in a local race, as well as implementing a water drinking challenge. 

Additionally, our meditation program was aimed to not only impact HQ-based employees, but to further engage our remote population. We have had positive feedback that the webinar sessions are extremely valuable and are alleviating stress in many of our employees. 

Overall, our Wellness Specialist and Coach has seen outcomes in the health of our population from individual and group coaching. Some recent coaching “wins” include employees lowering A1c levels, blood pressure, weight loss over 50 lbs., and navigating life transition without crisis.

Are there aspects of your wellness program that make it unique that you would like to share? 
Our wellness program is unique in the fact that we value work-life balance and focus not only on physical health, but also the mental and emotional health aspects that often are overlooked. We tackled the tough topic of the growing Opioid epidemic in our “Not In My Backyard” live webinar, which included resources for employees that may be facing this growing crisis at home with family members.  We coordinated with our EAP, local resources, and an employee that has lived through the experience supporting a loved one.  The session was a groundbreaking success and Kronos was invited by the Massachusetts Health Council to present on what we did.

Adding to our WorkInspired culture, we have a corporate giving initiative, GiveInspired.  which urges employees to give back to the communities in which Kronites live and work. They can do this by using their open myTime paid time off hours for volunteering, coordinate team-based volunteering initiatives, and take advantage of our charitable matching program for individual contributions. We view this as yet another part of our overall wellness. 

Who are your wellness champions? (CEO, division leader, HR leader, an employee, etc) 
Our executive team, led by CEO Aron Ain and Chief People Officer David Almeda, strongly believe in creating an inspired place to work where family and health come before the job. They set the tone for our WorkInspired culture, but our culture is fortified by Kronites each and every day. Specific to wellness, it’s our group of 15 wellness ambassadors throughout the various Kronos offices around the U.S. that share corporate wellness with their teams in the form of corporate wellness content as well as unique programs they are inspired by. 

Any words of wisdom for organizations starting a new program? 
Robust wellness programs are not built over night, and they are never finished – be patient and persistent in your efforts. We have been growing our wellness program for around 7 years now, and we continue to adapt our offerings to the needs of employees. Wellness programs are never one-size-fits-all, either. Take a look at the market and see what programs other companies are implementing, and the success they have seen. Then, when implementing your own programs, find a balance that will best support your company’s culture, strategy, and employee preferences.

 

 

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Q&A with 2016 Bronze Level WorkWell MA Award Winner, Alkermes

Posted By Melissa Matheson, Wednesday, November 23, 2016

 

2016 WorkWell MA Bronze Award Winner, Alkermes
Interview with Shannon Smith

Tell us about your yourself and your organization. 
Alkermes is a leader in innovative medicines that address the unmet needs and challenges of people living with debilitating diseases. As a fully integrated global biopharmaceutical company, Alkermes applies our scientific expertise, proprietary technologies and global resources to develop products that are designed to make a meaningful difference in the way patients manage their disease.

Congratulations on being a WWCMA WorkWell Massachusetts awardee. What does this mean for you/your team?
We are honored to be recognized for developing a program that reflects our company’s mission of improving health through innovation. Our organization depends on us to make the work/life experience as pleasant and easy as possible, and helping our employees improve their health is the greatest reward our team can hope to achieve. 

Why are wellness programs important for your organization?
The development of medicines for patients depends on the well-being of our employees. Our Wellness Incentive Plan is a motivator—it offers benefits for all employees to help them live happier and healthier lives. 

What wellness program(s) have you implemented? Any new initiatives planned?
Our Wellness Incentive Plan is our core wellness program, however, we provide opportunities for nutrition, stress reduction and fitness as often as we can. For example, we provide onsite yoga classes, “Mindfulness” programs, walking / running challenges and healthy eating opportunities at our dining facilities. We will continue to seek ways to streamline our program to meet the needs of employees and we’ll look for new and innovative methods to encourage healthy behaviors. 

What impact is/are they having on your organization and employees? 
Employees regard the Wellness Incentive Plan as an essential part of our benefits package. New hires are impressed with the Company’s commitment to health and wellness. We take great pride in the fact that we are encouraging a culture of happy and healthy employees who like to come to work.

Are there aspects of your wellness program that make it unique that you would like to share? 
One of the programs that we are most proud of is our TriAthlone Challenge.  There is a triathlon that is held each year in the town of Athlone, Ireland where our Irish manufacturing plant is located.  Each year, our U.S. employees compete for a chance to win a round trip ticket to Ireland to participate alongside their colleagues in Athlone.  Employees need to complete at least one triathlon in the U.S. in the calendar year. The more triathlons they participate in the more they increase their odds of winning.  It is a really great event that has steadily increased participation over the years.

Who are your wellness champions? (CEO, division leader, HR leader, an employee, etc) 
Executive Management Team, Human Resources, and our employees.

Any words of wisdom for organizations starting a new program? 
With an approach that rewards and doesn’t penalize, employees feel a partnership with HR and an appreciation for our commitment to their well-being. It’s a recruiting tool, and a retention tool, and it helps build loyalty and a sense of community among our workforce. 


 

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Q&A with 2016 Silver WorkWell MA Award Winner, Signature Healthcare

Posted By Melissa Matheson, Wednesday, November 23, 2016

 

2016 WorkWell MA Silver Award Winner, Signature Healthcare
Interview with Jennifer McCarthy

Tell us about your yourself and your organization. 
Founded as Brockton Hospital in 1896, the Hospital is the oldest and largest inpatient facility in its service area, which is designated as the city of Brockton and twenty-one surrounding municipalities. The organization includes 550 affiliated physicians and other direct care providers, 150 employed physicians and a total of 2,200 associates operating from locations in Abington, Bridgewater, Brockton, Hanson, Easton, Randolph, and Raynham.  Employee wellness is a top priority at Signature Healthcare. As a healing institution, we care for the well-being of our employees in the same way we care for the well-being of our patients. We know our employees are our greatest asset and we are making an investment in their health and well being. Wellness Together is designed to guide our employees on this journey.

Congratulations on being a WWCMA WorkWell Massachusetts awardee. What does this mean for you/your team?
Receiving this award was a great honor for our organization as we have recently made employee wellness an organizational strategic goal. It validates that our hard work and dedication as a wellness team to our employees is in line with other organizations across Massachusetts. We are proud to be offering a best in class wellness program to our organization.


Why are wellness programs important for your organization?  
As a healthcare organization we set an example to our patients and to the community. By offering wellness programs that help our employees on their wellness goals, we can give them the resources to live healthier lives and therefore they are able provide better care to the patients and the community  all while demonstrating to them the positive impacts of a health lifestyle.  

What wellness program(s) have you implemented? Any new initiatives planned?
We have implemented free yoga and Zumba classes, onsite and telephonic health coaching, 16- week weight loss classes, individual and team based physical activity challenges, mindfulness challenges, biometric screenings and “Know Your Numbers” events, educational and awareness campaigns. 

What impact is/are they having on your organization and employees?
We have been increasing physical activity and lowering health risks for our employees and their spouses. We have made employees more aware of their health risks and are working with them to take control of their own health and well-being as they work with our health coaches on achieving their wellness goals. 

Are there aspects of your wellness program that make it unique that you would like to share?
Many programs offer telephonic health coaching but our program offers onsite health coaching with our registered nurse health coaches to the employees and to their spouses. This type of personal connection during an employee’s wellness journey can impact their success. These coaches also run our weight loss and diabetes prevention classes onsite. 

Who are your wellness champions? (CEO, division leader, HR leader, an employee, etc.) 
We have wellness champions across all our sites that work in all different divisions and roles. Our CEO is our biggest supporter and helps lead the way in wellness by setting a great example for employees and supporting our program! 

Any words of wisdom for organizations starting a new program?
Know your audience. Not every wellness program is the same because every work environment is different. Interact with your workforce and find out what they want and what they need and tailor your programs and communications around that. We are recently learning how to reach out to employees who are not engaged yet but have thought about wellness and we are working on how we can get them to take action. Everyone in your organization reacts to different communication styles. 

 

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Pictures, Insights from the Population Health Event

Posted By Kelly Polinski, Thursday, February 25, 2016

We had a wonderful turn out for our first 2016 learning event on Employer-Driven Population Health Management: How to Move Beyond Traditional Wellness Programs. A sold-out crowd of worksite wellness and benefits professionals joined us for a lively discussion on the concept of population health from health systems to employers, addressing drivers of poor health with prevention and management, effectively partnering with high performing health systems and health plans, and engaging employees through plan design and education. Slides are available to WWCMA members here.

Thank you to our speakers!

- Alejandro Reti, MD, Chief Medical Officer at Optum Analytics
- Karen Handmaker, MPP, VP, Population Health Management Strategies at Phytel, an IBM Company


Our next learning program is March 31 on Become a Motivating Force in Workplace Wellness: Understanding and motivating the disengaged. There are a few seats left, register today!

Pictures from February 24 event!

 

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Spotlight on the WWCMA Keynote Speakers

Posted By Colleen Caruso, Sunday, August 17, 2014

Our annual conference is just over a month away!  Here are three facts about each of our speakers.  Read their full biographies here and don’t forget to register before we sell out!

Dr. Fikry Isaac, MD

    He has two titles - Vice President of Global Health Services at Johnson & Johnson and Chief Medical Officer at Wellness & Prevention, Inc., a Johnson & Johnson company

    He was awarded the Leadership in Health Care Award by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce at their 2nd Annual Health Care Summit in October of 2013. This award is given to an individual who shows how innovation by employers can strengthen the U.S. health system and improve health outcomes nationwide.

    He wrote a blog entitled Continuing to Lead by Example Johnson & Johnson Recognized for Global Cancer Prevention and Support in the Workplace

Dr. Kent Bradley

   He also has two titles - Chief Medical Officer for Safeway, Inc. and President of Safeway Health, a subsidiary of Safeway Inc. Safeway Health provides solutions that engage employees to become active health consumers that results in improved health and reduced cost.

   He’s a graduate of the United States Military Academy and has a Master in Public Health from the University of Minnesota, a MBA from the University of Denver, and his Medical Degree from the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD.

   He wrote a blog entitled “How High Do You Bounce

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