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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, Pegasystems

Posted By Melissa Matheson, Monday, December 12, 2016

 

2016 WorkWell MA Silver Award Winner, Pegasystems
Interview with Crystal McDermott

Tell us about yourself and your organization. 
Pegasystems (Pega) develops strategic applications for sales, marketing, service and operations. Pega’s applications streamline critical business operations, connect enterprises to their customers seamlessly in real-time across channels, and adapt to meet rapidly changing requirements. 

Pega is a global company with offices in 19 countries, serving many of the world’s leading and most sophisticated Enterprises.  

Together with Eve Gao, Pega’s Benefits Specialist, I develop and support robust benefit offerings to our North American employees, including the wellness program.   Some of our wellness programs are offered to our employees worldwide.  

Congratulations on being a WWCMA WorkWell Massachusetts awardee. What does this mean for you/your team?
This recognition is yet another objective measure of the success of our program.  We hear regular feedback from our employees and their families about the positive effects that our wellness program has.  This honor demonstrates that our program measures up against all of the best and brightest.  We are thrilled to receive this honor and share this success with our employees who strive every day to improve their lives and make Pega an amazing place to work. 

Why are wellness programs important for your organization?
While the tangible benefits such as an increase in preventive care and physical activity are clear, the team building and improvement to organizational health are less easily quantified, but equally beneficial.  These programs serve to both improve the overall health of our employees and their families while at the same time helping to create an atmosphere filled with comradery, healthy competition and a strong focus on positive outcomes.  

What wellness program(s) have you implemented? Any new initiatives planned?
Currently our wellness program, PegaUP!, is constructed of three parts including physical health, financial health and mental and emotional health.  We regularly engage employees in various initiatives around physical health, encouraging increased activity and preventive care. An example of these include our global fitness challenges, an engaging Health Risk Assessment for employees and spouses, onsite yoga and HIIT classes.  Pega has also implemented a fun points-based system for earning a cash-incentive; “the more you do, the more you earn”.  

Supporting our employees financial health has included seminars on planning for Medicare, Retirement planning and Eldercare.  Programs to help with stress relief, time management and onsite massages help to manage our employee’s mental and emotional well-being.  In the coming year, we will continue to focus on all of the above as well as investigating expanded options in the area of mental and emotional health as well as planning for retirement. 

What impact is/are they having on your organization and employees? 
We have received direct feedback from employees that significant and sometimes serious issues have been caught early as a direct result of the employee engaging in preventive care. We’ve had numerous employees’ state that because of our wellness plan, this is the first time in years that they had an annual physical, dental or vision exam.  

These are the type of results that make us the most proud.  When an employee, inspired by the wellness program, makes the decision to take better care of themselves, the program is having a clear and measurable effect on the life of the employee and by extension, the Pega community.   

Additionally, many of the initiatives result in employees coming together to compete with or against each other in healthy challenges.  This creates opportunities for individuals to meet and build even stronger working relationships.  These benefits extend beyond wellness, creating a cohesive Pega team.  

Are there aspects of your wellness program that make it unique that you would like to share? 
We feel our PegaUP! wellness program is unique in that we focus on total well-being.  While we offer many wellness programs to encourage a focus on physical activities, we also offer other initiatives focused on financial well-being and emotional well-being.  We think this is important to help our employees feel “emotionally fit” which has had a positive impact on our company culture.  

Who are your wellness champions? (CEO, division leader, HR leader, an employee, etc) 
Our entire leadership team supports our wellness activities.  Our greatest wellness champion is our CEO and Founder, Alan Trefler.  Alan has always supported our wellness activities and continues to support us offering a new Fitbit to our new hires.  This gets employees engaged from Day One!   

There are wellness champions throughout the Pega community including many of our top leaders.  A Vice President regularly attends our on-site yoga classes, many take advantage of our on-site biometric screenings, and others encourage their teams to participate in the wellness challenges.  In each of the functional areas of the wellness program, there are many different members who help us to promote the initiatives and encourage other employees to engage to improve their own well-being.   

Any words of wisdom for organizations starting a new program? 
Start small.  Focus first on low hanging fruit. Deliver initiatives that your employees are immediately interested in.  As you earn credibility with your employees, you can then introduce more challenging and niche programs.  

Communicating to your employees is critical.  Be prepared to say your message numerous ways and times.  Most of all, remember that for many people, health can be a scary thing and something they can easily put off in place of work, family and other distractions/stresses in their life.  By making your program fun, and interesting, you have a great opportunity to engage your employees in initiatives that will improve their overall health and well-being while creating a positive company culture which can strengthen your company.

 

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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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Q&A with 2016 Silver WorkWell MA Award Winner, Borislow Insurance

Posted By Melissa Matheson, Tuesday, November 15, 2016

2016 WorkWell MA Silver Award Winner, Borislow Insurance
Interview with Travis L. Horne

Tell us about yourself and your organization. 

Borislow Insurance:
Borislow Insurance is a leading employee benefits agency, serving clients in many states across a wide variety of industries. BI is centered not on traditional brokerage but on Strategic Advisory Partnerships with our clients. In this way, BI nurtures relationship with many clients that goes way beyond brokerage. At a time of great uncertainty and change in healthcare, the insurance industry and the economy, BI remains among the fastest growing and most respected agencies of its kind.

Travis L. Horne, MBA
Director of Health & Wellbeing
Travis has over twenty plus years of experience in the population healthy management industry.  As the Director of Health & Wellbeing he is responsible for the overall strategic vision, development and execution of employer’s culture of health and wellbeing to positively impact business goals and improve employee productivity.

Before joining Borislow Travis was the Director of Health & Productivity at Unum, Wellness Consultant for Blue Cross, Blue Shield of Massachusetts and a Health & Safety Advisor for the New Hampshire Local Government Center. 

Travis’s expertise includes identifying business solutions that will have the most financial and operational impact to clients.  Business solutions include actionable health & wellbeing and population health management programs, delivered through data analysis, vendor partnerships and client engagement.  


Congratulations on being a WWCMA WorkWell Massachusetts awardee. What does this mean for your team/you?

Borislow Insurance is proud to have been named a WorkWell Massachusetts Award Program winner for exemplary worksite health promotion. The award recognizes Borislow’s achievements developing, implementing, and participating in corporate health improvement and wellness programs. 

Borislow Insurance offers employees a personalized experience through our innovative approach, which cultivates a culture of health and wellbeing, drives behavior change and encompasses the whole person.  We engage employees through assessments and surveys, which provide guidance to develop our wellbeing roadmap.  Our approach to employee and business health is the unique component that makes Borislow Insurance one of the healthiest places to work.

The employees of Borislow Insurance feel it’s important to walk the walk and talk the talk, which is a key component to our continued success.  It’s a great honor to be named a 2016 WWCMA WorkWell Massachusetts winner.  

Why are wellness programs important for your organization?
Borislow Insurance feels that programs focused on employees needs holistically are necessary to develop and sustain a culture of health & wellbeing in an organization.  BI integrates wellness programming, wellbeing activities and culture enhancements in the work day to enrich the personal experience, which in return creates increased productivity and morale and a decrease in employee absenteeism.   All these factors in turn make BI one of the healthiest places to work.

What wellness program(s) have you implemented? Any new initiatives planned?
Borislow Insurance has implemented several wellbeing activities that are geared towards employee health & wellbeing and address our five core elements; physical, financial, workplace, community and mind-spirit wellbeing.  In 2017 BI will have enhanced the existing rewards platform with a new tool that will target employee’s health & wellbeing needs/wants and reward based on individual engagement.   

What impact is/are they having on your organization and employees? 

This is yet to be determined; the tool will not be in place until 1-1-2017.

Are there aspects of your wellness program that make it unique that you would like to share? 
The major aspect that we feel is unique in the industry is that we are focusing on employee’s holistic needs through benefits and not just a “wellness one-off” program.  Wellness one-off programs are fun, but benefits that focus on employees needs help to solve a problem or fill a gap.  A combination of wellness one-off’s and benefit offerings address all employees elements of health & wellbeing. 

Who are your wellness champions? 
Owners of Borislow Insurance
Senior Leadership
Employees of Borislow Insurance

Any words of wisdom for organizations starting a new program? 
- Walk, Jog, Run
- Focus on the culture and not just a wellness program
- Build a 3-year strategy that addresses all five elements of health & wellbeing
- Invest: An incentive structure is imperative for success 

 

 

 

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Q&A with 2016 Bronze Level WorkWell MA Award Winner, Stutevant, Inc.

Posted By Melissa Matheson, Friday, November 4, 2016

2016 WorkWell MA Bronze Award Winner, Sturtevant, Inc.
Interview with Erin Barr 

Tell us about your yourself and your organization. 
Sturtevant is headquartered in Hanover, MA and has 33 employees. We are the leading family-owned manufacturer of material processing equipment including the patented Micronizer® jet mill which produces sub-micron sized particles, Powderizer® an air-swept impact mill with integral classifier, Simpactor® and Infestroyer, centrifugal, pin-type impact mills and three types of high performance air classifiers that separate fine and coarse particles with precision and accuracy.
 
Congratulations on being a WWCMA WorkWell Massachusetts awardee. What does this mean for team/you? 
Sturtevant is pleased to be recognized for our Wellness efforts.  Our Wellness Committee has worked diligently over the last 3 years to develop a plan that is relevant and fun to other employees. 

Why are wellness programs important for your organization?

Sturtevant’s Wellness Program is important as it has shifted our culture to a more healthy awareness.  We look to create a more productive environment by fostering a culture to include work/life balance and healthy choices. 

What wellness program(s) have you implemented? Any new initiatives planned?
Sturtevant’s Wellness programs have focused on physical activity and nutrition.  As a company, we participate in monthly activities such as nature walks and nutrition workshops. Six months ago, we implemented a weekly “bootcamp” class for employees at a local gym. We send out annual surveys to employees to gauge interest in wellness activities.  The focus has remained on nutrition and physical activity for the past 3 years.

What impact is/are they having on your organization and employees? 
Employees have been engaged in many of our programs.  I feel that we are creating a supportive environment for those employees wishing to lead a healthy life style.  

Are there aspects of your wellness program that make it unique that you would like to share? 
We have partnered with a local gym for weekly company paid “bootcamp” classes.  A few employees have also joined the gym and utilize the facilities in addition to the weekly class.  

Who are your wellness champions? (CEO, division leader, HR leader, an employee, etc) 

We are fortunate to have the support of all senior management.  Our wellness committee includes: Erin Barr, Controller
Janice Brennan, Bookkeeper
Marie Sheehan, Secretary
Steve Marshall, Marketing Manager
Rich Robatzek, Product Manager
Jason Swift, Purchasing Dept

Any words of wisdom for organizations starting a new program? 

When we were establishing our wellness plan, we found it very helpful to survey the employees.  We wanted to provide relevant programs in order to engage employees.  It is also important to have management support.  Having the support of senior management gave credibility to our efforts.  

 

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Q&A with 2016 Silver WorkWell MA Award Winner, Cambridge Health Alliance

Posted By Melissa Matheson, Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Cambridge Health Alliance WorkWell Massachusetts Award Winner Q&A
Interviewee: Carolyn Ballard, Wellness Manager

Tell us about yourself and your organization. 
Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) is a vibrant, innovative health system dedicated to providing essential services to all members of the community. With over 140,000 patients in Cambridge, Somerville, and Boston’s Metro North region, CHA is a local provider of choice for primary care, specialty care, emergency services, hospital care, maternity care and behavioral health. We are made up of more than 4,000 employees, all of whom are eligible to participate in the Wellness Program.

I have been with CHA since July of 2015. My background is in psychology and nutrition and I am a Registered Dietitian, so I have the ability to create much of our nutrition programming myself. My main responsibilities include project management, program development, marketing and communications, and outreach. I also manage our onsite yoga classes with the help of a part-time yoga program coordinator. 

Congratulations on being a WWCMA WorkWell Massachusetts awardee. What does this mean for team/you? 

We view an award from WWCMA as a message that we have developed an exemplary and comprehensive program. Because the WorkWell awards are based on both the HERO Scorecard and peer review, we feel that this award is especially meaningful.

Why are wellness programs important for your organization?

Having a wellness program is important for us as a healthcare system because we employ some of the most deeply passionate caretakers. We know from research that caretakers tend to neglect their own well-being in their drive to serve others, which is why we emphasize Self-Care as one of our four pillars of wellness at CHA. In addition, one of our strategic plan objectives is to be a great place to work, which we feel cannot be accomplished without a robust employee wellness program. Lastly, we see wellness as a pathway to employee engagement. While many organizations look to ROI as the primary measure of success, we prioritize measures of engagement when evaluating the impact of our program.

What wellness program(s) have you implemented? Any new initiatives planned?
The programs that we have implemented can be divided into four distinct categories, coinciding with our four pillars of wellness:

Self-Care

  • Key message: “Make time for you”
  • Offerings: Mindfulness courses, Ditch the Diet Club (video-based program promoting the principles of intuitive eating over strict dieting), tobacco cessation program, financial education seminars, depression and mental illness awareness

Recovery

  • Key message: “Rest and recharge”
  • Offerings: Onsite yoga classes, onsite chair massage, sleep education

Movement

  • Key message: “Find what moves you”
  • Offerings: Annual walking challenge, bikeshare and gym discounts 

Nutrition

  • Key message: “One size fits none”
  • Maintain Don’t Gain (holiday weight maintenance challenge), healthy vending options, pickup location for Farmer Dave’s CSA


In addition, we also use our weekly Wellness Wednesday Newsletter to spread the word about upcoming events, programs, and healthy tips. We are planning a recognition program for 2017 which will allow employees to be acknowledged for engaging in healthy habits at work. Next year is also when we plan to roll out incentives tied to our health plan.

What impact is/are they having on your organization and employees? 
Through our program evaluations we have learned that:

  • Walking challenge participants had more motivation to be physically active after our annual walking challenge, and they also reported feeling more connected to their coworkers as compared to the start of the program. Both results were statistically significant.
  • One in three Maintain Don’t Gain participants actually lost weight over the holiday season, while another 63% successfully maintained their weight.
  • A 2016 field assessment revealed that 93% of employees are aware of the wellness program, which tells us that the potential impact of the program is significant. 
  • We have demonstrated an 80% retention rate in our programs.
  • Employee engagement surveys revealed that “wellness” was used in an open-ended question about what CHA is doing well. Wellness was also mentioned in another open-ended question that asked about what recognition programs are offered at the organization.


Are there aspects of your wellness program that make it unique that you would like to share? 

Our program reflects the inclusive nature of our organization. We respect and appreciate diversity at CHA, and the Wellness program is no exception. We feature recipes from many parts of the world, including Brazil, Haiti, Portugal, and Latin America. In addition, we custom build nearly all of our programs to ensure their appeal. Finally, we have developed a logic model as the basis for measuring the effectiveness of our program. The logic model informs our individual program evaluations, which are developed to assess outcomes, satisfaction, and process measures. 

Who are your wellness champions? (CEO, division leader, HR leader, an employee, etc) 
We have two senior leaders on the Wellness team and three levels of champions. Joy Curtis, SVP of Human Resources and Chief HR Officer, and David Porell, Chief Administrative Officer, are the two senior leaders on the Wellness team. 

Additional executives/senior leaders make up our Executive Steering Committee (18 members including CEO), while mid-level managers and directors from various departments comprise our Wellness Advisory Committee (17 members). Finally, at the employee level we have over 40 Wellness Ambassadors across 11 sites.

Any words of wisdom for organizations starting a new program? 

Begin with the end in mind. Before creating a single program, policy, or initiative, a clear end goal should be established. From there, comprehensive information gathering should take place – including employee surveys, focus groups, and analysis of claims data. Organizations looking to start a new program should plan to spend a minimum of 6-12 months in the planning stages. This can be difficult, especially when leaders are enthusiastic about beginning, but it is crucial to ensuring the success and longevity of the program.

 

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

Posted By Melissa Matheson, Tuesday, November 1, 2016

2016 Workwell MA Bronze Award Winner, Babson College
Interview with Jennifer Forbes

Tell us about your yourself and your organization. 
At Babson, we make the health and wellness of our employees a priority, and are constantly working on creating new ways to educate, promote, and empower members of the community to make positive lifestyle choices. Wellness programs at Babson encompass physical, mental, emotional, financial, nutritional, spiritual, environmental, social, and intellectual topics in order to provide a holistic approach to health and wellness. Babson’s wellness programs help employees to be well not only while they’re at Babson, but throughout their lives.

Congratulations on being a WWCMA WorkWell Massachusetts awardee. What does this mean for your team/you?
Babson strives to create a culture of health and wellness unlike any other. We focus on providing our employees with a variety of programs that meet their needs. Our employees are constantly telling us how much they enjoy Babson’s wellness programs, and how they have been able to improve their own health as a result of their participation. We’re thrilled that WorkWell has recognized the work we’ve done, but we’re even more thrilled at the positive effect our wellness programs have had on the entire Babson community. Knowing that we are having a positive impact on employees’ mental, physical, and emotional health is very rewarding, and shows that our efforts are paying off for the entire community.

Why are wellness programs important for your organization?
Wellness programs allow us to show our employees that we care about them as individuals, and we value their health. Babson’s commitment to health and wellness is another way for us to invest in our employees and the Babson community, providing opportunities that make employees healthier, more engaged and productive, and more excited to come to work. Our wellness programs not only draw new employees, they help us provide something new and different to our current employees as we are constantly adding new programs. 

What wellness program(s) have you implemented? Any new initiatives planned?
Babson’s wellness programs include but are not limited to boot camp, Zumba, yoga, tai chi, meditation, walking and running clubs, yoga, and seminars with topics such as healthy eating, juicing, nutrition, stress management, elder care, and holiday eating. This past spring we implemented a wellness challenge called Spring Into a New You focused on six different dimensions of wellness using the BeWell name: Be Fit, Be Nourished, Be Sustainable, Be Intellectual, Be Mindful, and Be Social. Participants received a card each week and were required to complete one activity in as many of the six different wellness dimensions as possible. Once a participant had completed at least 4 dimensions on a card, they could turn it in for a new one. Each completed card served as one entry for the raffle prizes at the end of the challenge. We will be creating a similar challenge with a twist for spring 2017.

What impact is/are they having on your organization and employees? 
Wellness programs at Babson encompass physical, mental, emotional, financial, nutritional, spiritual, environmental, social, and intellectual topics in order to provide a holistic approach to health and wellness. Babson’s wellness programs help employees to be well all the time. Because of the wellness programs employees try new activities, meet new people across campus, implement healthier habits, and find themselves making wellness a greater priority in their lives.

Are there aspects of your wellness program that make it unique that you would like to share? 
Babson’s wellness programs are entirely free of cost for employees, and we constantly add new programs to provide variety. The programs are also only available to faculty and staff to ensure that employees feel comfortable working out at work.

Who are your wellness champions? (CEO, division leader, HR leader, an employee, etc) 
Babson is fortunate to have wellness champions at all levels and across all divisions of the college. From Cabinet members to administrative assistants, all employees have gotten behind the wellness program. While HR is the biggest driver of the program, we have a cabinet member teaching tai chi, multiple employees teaching classes such as yoga and weight training, and we constantly receive support from individuals in every area from faculty divisions to facilities.

Any words of wisdom for organizations starting a new program? 
Starting a new program is not easy, and it is best to have a set idea of the strategy before starting the program. Make sure to understand the cost implications in terms of paying for instructors, getting space for class, and ensuring that there is a direct payment method for any programs with a cost to participants. Try to get as much for free or at a discounted rate as possible, and let people know that if they work with you then you will continue to use them going forward. Find out what participants want to ensure that you are offering classes they will want to be a part of. Finally, enjoy the fact that you are doing something good for employees and ensuring that health and wellness are a priority for your organization.

 

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WorkWell Massachusetts Awards Program –Are you game?

Posted By Kristina Weljkovic, Wednesday, April 1, 2015

We’re excited to launch our Worksite Wellness Council of Massachusetts Awards Program-WorkWell Massachusetts. The application process is open from April 1 –May 15, 2015.

Why did we start an awards program?

In keeping with our mission of promoting health and wellness, we will be assessing and awarding employers across the Commonwealth for their efforts in improving and maintaining healthy and productive workforces. Awards programs not only encourage employers to go the extra mile, but they also provide a platform upon which best practices are discussed and shared.We see it as our role to bring employers of all types together to share their successes and challenges, and so the WorkWell Massachusetts Awards make sense for our wellness community.

Applicants will be assessed within their own size category –small, medium, or large –and we encourage employers of all sizes to apply. We recognize that a small employer may not have the same resources as its large counterpart, and want to recognize that no two wellness programs are alike. We hope that you will find the application a learning process in and of itself, and another metric by which to take stock of your program over time.

Please remember that the application is two-fold: Part I is completion of the Health Enhancement Research Organization (HERO) Scorecard and Part II is the WorkWell MA question set.

Applicants will need to complete both parts in full in order to be considered for an award. Applications are due May 15, 2015 and award winners will be announced at our annual conference on September 22 at Gillette Stadium.

Good luck to all!

Awards Committee
WWCMA

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