No. 19

Boulder County

2019 Healthiest 100 Workplaces in America

About

Boulder County serves nearly 300,000 diverse residents. From visionary open space and sustainability policies to progressive public service programs, we help foster a vibrant, healthy, and active community.

Headquarters

Boulder, Colorado

Industry

Government

Employees

1,995
Julia Yager, Human Resources Division Manager

"Boulder County refers to its employees as its most valuable asset. This isn’t just a tagline. The county recognizes that employee well-being is critical to the success of the organization and ultimately benefits society."

Snapshot

Wellness Program Highlights

As a mature wellness program that was established in 2006 with an initial enrollment of 32%, Boulder County’s wellness program continues to grow year-over-year, leading the industry at 69% for the 2018-19 program year. From a health perspective, Boulder County employees are, historically, a healthy population with less than 10% in the high-risk category for glucose, total cholesterol, blood pressure, and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol. Additionally, the year-over-year cohort group continues to see risk reduction improvement, with less than 10% in the high-risk category for glucose, blood pressure, and LDL cholesterol.

Most Proud of ...

Our family friendly initiatives have had amazing impacts on our employees. With over 30 lactation rooms, hospital-grade pumps, and free pumping supplies, we have made continued breastfeeding not only realistic, but convenient. Research shows that moms and babies are healthier, have fewer sick days, and fewer trips to the ER because of prolonged breastfeeding. We’ve had nearly 60 employees take advantage of our Infants-at-Work program which provides longer bonding time, reduces turnover, and helps employees delay the high cost of childcare. We added infertility treatment to our insurance and implemented an adoption reimbursement program to help employees start or expand their families. We also subsidize in-home sick childcare. Our caregiver leave has helped countless employees care for extended family members that don’t qualify under the Family and Medical Leave Act. These 6 paid weeks have helped employees care for sick family members, help their elderly parents, and be with a loved one during the end of their life.
Boulder County Commissioner

Elise Jones

“I’m proud that Boulder County puts its money where its mouth is when it comes to supporting employee wellness. In addition to providing educational opportunities and coaching, the county provides direct financial incentives to help them prioritize their physical and mental well-being.”

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Human Resources Division Manager

Julia Yager

"Boulder County refers to its employees as its most valuable asset. This isn’t just a tagline. The county recognizes that employee well-being is critical to the success of the organization and ultimately benefits society. Employees who enjoy their work, have strong connections to others, manage their finances effectively, and have good physical and mental health are productive and engaged. Our wellness program is committed to supporting employees in all aspects of well-being so that they can reduce stress, use resources wisely, remain active, emphasize food as medicine, and invest time in their relationships and communities."

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