Wellness in the workplace

Wellness in the Workplace

May 5, 2023

Well-being in the workplace. You may have heard that the concept was brought to life by large corporations seeking to cut healthcare costs. However, recent studies attempting to quantify the cost savings show the numbers may not actually add up. So, why implement a formal wellness program at your company? Because healthy employees are happy employees – and happy employees build top workplaces.

What does a workplace wellness program look like? Here’s a short list of some of our employees’ favorite wellness offerings:

  • Flexible work arrangements
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Reward and recognition programs
  • Stand-up desks and ergonomic workstations
  • Free flu shots
  • Community volunteer programs
  • Financial seminars
  • Charitable matching gift programs

All of these offerings, and more, are part of Amerisure’s newly refreshed well-being program — BE Well 360°.

We asked a few of Amerisure’s well-being experts to share more about the importance of workplace wellness programs and how Amerisure is embracing wellness in the workplace. Check out what they had to say below!

Erin Buddie, Amerisure’s AVP of human resources operations, on the importance of workplace wellness programs:
“The benefits of comprehensive workplace wellness programs are numerous. Research indicates these programs can raise employee engagement, increase productivity and contribute positively to company culture. According to the American Psychological Association, 89% of employees at companies that support well-being efforts are more likely to recommend their company as a good place to work. While total wellness for each employee cannot be achieved overnight, companies should be making an effort to foster a healthy working environment for their employees. When employers take wellness into account, the long-term positive impact on overall employee health is undeniable.”

Karen Champine, Amerisure’s manager of benefits and compliance, on the company’s newly refreshed well-being program:
“BE Well 360° is designed to address five aspects of overall well-being. These include: physical wellness, financial security, social and emotional balance, professional development and a sense of community. The program provides a broad range of meaningful initiatives that support overall well-being. From on-site chair massages to complimentary financial seminars, employees are offered various resources that focus on all-around wellness. When our well-being program was refreshed in early 2019, we introduced 31 employee wellness ambassadors. With these ambassadors located at various offices across the country, we’ve seen a notable increase in participation, as well as overall enthusiasm for the program. Monthly wellness activities are held at the corporate level, sponsored by the human resources team, but what’s really exciting is the growth of local wellness activities, planned by our employee ambassadors. A wellness program that is influenced and supported by the employee population is what every company should strive for – and I’m proud to say that’s what we’ve accomplished at Amerisure!”

Yvonne O’Connor, Amerisure claims consultant and BE Well 360° ambassador, on office wellness activities:
“As the wellness ambassador for the Chicago Core Service Center, one of Amerisure’s smaller offices, I’m always trying to think of new ways to engage our team in wellness activities beyond the companywide initiatives. It’s a bit challenging for our team because many employees in the Chicago office work remotely, but we’ve found ways to embrace workplace wellness without being in the same room – or even the same building. My favorite so far was the month-long step challenge our office held in May. Throughout the month, we recorded our steps in a shared spreadsheet. We watched each other progress and provided encouragement to each other along the way. Thanks to BE Well 360°, the small but mighty Chicago team felt empowered to BE Well and took an amazing 1,897,333 steps!”

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