Policies, Leadership, Incentives among top criteria of elite winners
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Warren, Mich., Sept. 25, 2012—Having healthy and happy employees is just as important as a healthy bottom line. Wellness programs are becoming very important to businesses and those companies that have the best programs were honored today with a Best and Brightest Wellness Champion Award. In addition, the Michigan Business and Professional Association together with Wellco named six of those winning companies as Elite Winners. (See following list.)
The Best and Brightest Wellness Champions awards program is the premier program that celebrates organizations that are making their workplaces, their employees and the community a healthier place to live and work.
Nominated companies were put through a thorough examination based upon eight criteria to benchmark and improve wellness program effectiveness: policies, environment, leadership, awareness-motivation, assessment-intervention, incentives-integration, measurement and health care costs. This year’s elite winners excelled in all criteria required.
For the Best and Brightest Wellness Champions program, the distinguishing quality of successful wellness programs was dedication towards comprehensive wellness across all criteria rather than a single emphasis such as awareness or assessment. This approach produces greater, more long-term results compared to a standalone, entry-level program. In addition to comprehensiveness, the top three criteria that most set apart top wellness programs from their peers were:
• Policies -Nominees have an average of four formal, written wellness policies.
• Leadership – Nominees’ senior leadership are involved in an average of three annual supportive wellness activities.
• Incentives - Nominees provide financial incentives for an average of five activities.
In addition, the highest activity averages among nominees include:
• Environment – 96 percent offer free employee tobacco cessation.
• Awareness-Motivation – 96 percent provide written self-care resources, onsite physical activity and healthy eating programs.
• Measurement – 96 percent track wellness program participation.
To determine the winning companies, the Best and Brightest Wellness Champions used the WellCompanies assessment, created and administered by Wellco, the nation’s leading wellness systems provider. “While there are countless evaluations, this is the first to recognize and improve wellness effectiveness. Employers want to know what is proven to make a difference in their bottom line. The WellCompanies Assessment is the only system of its kind to quantify, track and improve wellness program success,” said Scott Foster, Wellco president. “We were very impressed with this year’s Elite winners. They have set the bar high.”
Michigan’s Best and Brightest Wellness Companies
2012 Elite Award Winners
Elite Category Company
School New Haven High School (New Haven)
Faith Based Family Victory Fellowship Church (Southfield)
Philanthropic Rhonda Walker Foundation (West Bloomfield)
Best of the Best Small Business A.J. Danboise Son Inc. (Farmington Hills)
Best of the Best Medium Business Hastings Mutual Insurance Company (Hastings)
Best of the Best Large Business Walbridge Aldinger Company (Detroit)
Michigan’s Best and Brightest Wellness Champions was co-presented by Michigan Business and Professional Association, Michigan Food and Beverage Association, Wellco and Corp! magazine. Event sponsors included St. John Providence Health System, Quicken Loans, McGraw Wentworth and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. The event’s program supporters were Michigan Pure Fit, Starting Line Health and Fitness and Laughter Yoga with Sue Ansari, RN.
The Best and Brightest Wellness Champions celebrates those companies that are making their businesses more healthy, the lives of their employees better and the community a healthier to place to live. The Best and Brightest program provides yearlong education, benchmarking, assessment tools and interaction amongst the best employers throughout Michigan. Nominations are now being accepted for 2013. Visit www.101bestandbrightest.com to obtain an application.
Based in Warren, Mich., the MBPA (www.michbusiness.org) is the largest business organization of small to medium-sized businesses in Michigan, representing more than 20,000 members who employee more than 200,000 persons. Members include attorneys, physicians, architects, accountants, construction companies, banks retailers, wholesalers, manufacturers and the like. Member businesses receive numerous benefits including free legal and financial consultations; discounted technology, automotive and office products; employee training and recruitment assistance; and competitive insurance rates. The MBPA is a sister association to the Michigan Food and Beverage Association (MFBA) with more than 3,400 members.