No. 43

City of Olathe

2019 Healthiest 100 Workplaces in America

About

The City of Olathe is a government municipality located in the Kansas City metropolitan area. The City of Olathe has five functional departments: fire, police, public works, parks and recreation, and administration.

Headquarters

Olathe, Kansas

Industry

Government

Employees

870
Susan Sherman, Assistant City Manager

"We have the opportunity to cheer on those who are making a transformation through walking or better eating and to support those who are learning their health numbers or beginning to make choices that will improve their life and the lives of their family."

Snapshot

Wellness Program Highlights

We made some changes to our incentive program in the past year that included a focus on preventative care and increased activity. The following statistics reflect the success of our efforts: (1) An increase in Gaps in Care Rule Compliance – in the last twelve months, more than six different departments showed an average increased compliance of 4.4%; and all departments but one showed an increase in prevention care utilization. (2) Increased activity – our annual walking challenge exceeded a 100-million step goal, achieving 107,392,727 steps, with 295 employees logging steps. 202 of those participants exceeded their personal goals and employees continue to wear their tracking devices and plan for the next challenge.

Most Proud of ...

The growing number of "wellness champions" and leaders that have come forward with ideas and testimonies. Health and wellness is becoming a more visible part of the city's culture, and as a result, wellness efforts are starting to happen organically and departmentally without the guidance of city-wide initiatives. Our largest department, public works, remodeled a workout area for employees, and our traffic division organized pickleball courts in their buildings to play daily over lunch. Other departments partnered with our wellness center to do weight loss challenges and more and more employees are asking for healthier food options and are excited for the next wellness challenge.
Assistant City Manager

Susan Sherman

“As I reflect on our organization’s continued strides in the area of wellness, I think of the many opportunities that make an impact on our employees and their families. We have the opportunity to cheer on those who are making a transformation through walking or better eating and to support those who are learning their health numbers or beginning to make choices that will improve their life and the lives of their family. It is truly an exciting time to be part of this team. We have fun challenges, exciting outcomes, and we can all share in the hope that our wellness work is making a difference and making our organization and community stronger, as well. After all, our greatest wealth is our health and our organization's greatest asset is our healthy employees.”
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Assistant Director, Human Resources

Kim Marshall

“It is great to see how the health, wellness, and safety employees work together to provide a coordinated message to our employees. The ‘Road Shows’ that they host provide valuable, usable information to departments to help them develop ways to provide a healthy and safe work environment. This has resulted in employees taking it upon themselves to start pickleball games, walking groups, and individuals taking control of their health through diet and exercise. By request from an employee, we have developed a healthy eating guide for our employees who work out in the field. As a result, our gaps in care numbers are improving and the employee experience at work is improving.”
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