This year’s lineup of America’s Healthiest 100 Employers features companies of all shapes and sizes. There were companies as small as a few dozen employees, and as large as 100,000 employees. There were B2B companies and B2C companies.
There were companies that we think of as being “healthy,” such as an orthopedics provider and wellness organizations. That doesn’t mean that generalizations held true, however. Even companies that may be stereotyped as “unhealthy” have proven that they can drive positive health outcomes in their workplace, including a beef company and craft beer alliance. Our lineup is diverse, but there are a few notable things that they all have in common.
It All Starts With Leadership
The most common theme that we heard from our recipients was the importance of leadership buying into the program. If the executive team doesn’t believe that employee wellness is a strategic priority, it’s going to be extremely difficult to get the rest of your team to prioritize wellness. Employees tend to follow the leadership team’s cue, which is why many of America’s Healthiest 100 Employers include CEOs who prioritize their organization’s wellness program.
The takeaway here is simple. If you’re an Executive for an organization, and you’d like to build an active wellness program that can keep your population healthy and happy, your best course of action is likely to get in the trenches and get involved with wellness yourself.
Data-Driven Programming Gets Results
Every year, our award recipients get more data savvy. In fact, 93% of this year’s Healthiest 100 are leveraging some form of analytics to measure the efficacy of their wellness programs. That’s just the baseline. Some organizations have full data teams, while others have spent years testing proprietary equations on measuring productivity. Many organizations who applied are using a cloud-based SaaS application to do the heavy-lifting for them.
This means that, if you’re currently running a wellness program and you’re not leveraging a data analytics tool to help you make better decisions, your competition is leaving you behind. If you want to be a healthier employer in 2018, put it on your list to research employer-facing health analytics tools that can help you target your wellness initiatives more effectively.
Mental and Financial Health Are Important Too
One of the more striking results we saw this year was an increase in the number of Healthiest 100 companies who are focused on mental, emotional, and financial health. By taking a more holistic approach to employee health, they are truly putting their employees first in their health initiatives.
If your current wellness initiatives lack mental health or financial health programming, put it on the agenda for 2018. Your team (and maybe even your wallet) will thank you.
For a full writeup on our list of America’s Healthiest Employers in 2017, download our free Healthiest 100 Magazine.
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