The Winners of the
(Not really but you could be)
Think your pretty focused on fitness and eating well?
The extensive time, research, planning and budgets that companies named as the 2011 Healthiest Employers in Greater Cincinnati are dedicating to workplace wellness might have you taking another look at your daily routines.
From on site workout rooms and free healthy snacks to extensive competitions in the BIGGEST LOSER style, many of our region's employers are putting wellness initiatives at the top of their priority lists. And several are saving millions on health care costs, thanks to increased productivity, fewer missed work days and employees' improved sense of living a balanced life.
ABOUT THE AWARD
The Business Courier partnered with the privately held technology and data research firm Healthiest Employers to assess the corporate wellness programs of nominated companies.
All of the information is kept private, but participating employers are giving a score after completing an on line assessment tool that measures wellness programming in the areas of culture and leadership, foundational components, strategic planning, communication and marketing, programming and interventions, reporting and analysis.
Those with the highest ratings are the winners and finalists. (for details on the scoring methodology, check out
The Healthiest Employers national database points out some interesting benchmarks. Did you know that:
*88% of employers offer access to wellness programs during work hours.?
*47% of employers provide incentives to improve wellness?
51% of employers have a full time employee coordinating their wellness programs? The starting point for many Tri-State corporate wellness programs is the Health Risk Assessment that employees and sometimes their spouses and partners) take annually. The blood draw yields important health data from 30 or more tests - and in some cases can save lives. Several employees with dangerous levels of high blood pressure were caught in time. And a few cases of cancer were spotted earlier than might normally have happened.
Companies use the aggregated data to spot trends and problem areas begging to be addressed. And that information helps inform and plan future wellness offerings.