Listen in tonight at 6:30 p.m. EST as Chris Boyce, CEO of Virgin Pulse, and our client Kevin Herman, director of worksite wellness at The Horton Group join Talent Culture’s #TChat radio show, “Love Your Employees So They Love You Back.” Chris and Kevin will share their insights and expertise on why recognition and engagement are more important than ever, and ways for employers to show employees a little love.
Low engagement can come from a variety of factors and situations, but across the board people just aren’t feeling the love from their employees. Our recent survey of 1,000 full-time employees (who are not Virgin Pulse members) across the U.S. uncovers just how true this is: 75 percent of respondents love their companies or feel it’s a great place to work, whereas only 25 percent are feeling that sentiment in return.
Luckily, there’s a silver lining here: You can easily turn those negative feelings around – what it takes is a little love. We’re not talking red roses and diamonds over here. Simply showing your employees you care by supporting their Total Quality of Life – including physical, emotional, social, and financial health – and cultivating the employee/manager relationship with open conversations highlighting employees’ achievements and recognizing a job well done can make a major impact on your culture and engagement.
Companies who care about and support employees with perks like healthy options in the cafeteria, free group exercise classes in the corporate gym, flexible work arrangements, and paid time off to volunteer within the community can drive loyalty and boost productivity. And, even better – according to our research, 80 percent of employees at companies with robust health and wellness programs feel their employer cares about their well-being.
What’s just as good is that your employees are asking for this kind of support! According to our own research, 87 percent of employees believe that robust workplace wellness programs are paramount when choosing a place to work, helping them make significant changes in their personal and professional lives. These types of programs are also among the top three benefits employees wish their employers would support, our most recent survey revealed.
Offering wellness programs and healthy perks employees love and are motivated to take advantage of means your workforce is more likely to adopt healthier lifestyles. The payback for you? Healthier, more engaged employees who help you drive higher profitability, increased sales, and less turnover, according to multiple sources.
Want to know more about why it’s essential for today’s employers to show employees a little love and support them across all aspects of their lives? Join Chris Boyce, CEO of Virgin Pulse, and our client Kevin Herman, director of worksite wellness at The Horton Group, for tonight’s #TChat radio show, “Love Your Employees So They Love You Back,” brought to you by Talent Culture. Stick around for the live Twitter chat after the show and join in on the conversation using hashtag #TChat!
Here at Virgin Pulse, we don’t just talk the talk when it comes to creating a healthy, engaged workforce – we walk the walk. This week, the Boston Business Journal announced its “Healthiest Employers 2014” finalists – and we’re proud to say we’re one of them!
To create a great place to work, we firmly believe it’s critical to have a happy, healthy, productive workforce. That’s why we don’t just help our clients’ employees make long-lasting healthy behavior changes – we also support our own employees across all aspects of their lives, including their physical, emotional, social, financial health, and more.
Any employer can say they want to create a healthy workplace – but at Virgin Pulse, we back it up on a daily basis. It’s a core part of our culture and critical to our mission to change lives for good and make companies better. Here’s a peak into what we do here for our employees: We keep our kitchen stocked with free healthy snacks, have two state-of-the-art on-site fitness centers, offer various weekly classes both during and after the workday taught by certified fitness professionals (Zumba, Pilates, and Yoga– just to name a few!). We also offer robust health and wellness benefits, and encourage our employees to get up and get some fresh air when the weather cooperates –whether that means taking a break or taking their next meeting to the pavement.
At the same time, some of the other benefits and perks we offer – flexible work arrangements like telecommuting, flex-scheduling and compressed work options, dental/vision coverage, long-term care coverage, short-term and long-term disability coverage and life insurance, generous PTO and holidays, among others – help our employees manage some of life’s stresses and support their lives off the job.
The main reason we’ve become a healthy employer, though, is simple: We practice what we preach. We’re in the business of workplace wellness, so we hire people who are passionate about changing lives for good. Our employees use the same programs and devices we provide to our customers to help support their own wellness journeys. But it doesn’t stop there. We want our employees to know we don’t just care about their health and well-being, but we also care about those who matter most to them – their family and friends. That’s why we offer great benefits for them, too.
Take our wellness program, for example. Getting healthy is a lot more fun when family and friends are in the mix, so our employees can invite people they care about to join them in the program. These important people outside of the office who make a major impact on the happiness and well-being of employees also help to make healthy behavior change easier and more fun, while also boosting engagement and participation. We firmly believe this, which is why with our latest products we let members to invite their family and friends to join them in the program for free!
We are so pleased to be recognized as one of the areas Healthiest Employers. We’ll be at the BBJ Healthiest Employers event, taking place March 27 in Boston, where hopefully we’ll be named the Healthiest Medium-Sized Employer this year (fingers crossed!). Either way, we’re proud to be recognized and we congratulate all of the 2014 Healthiest Employer finalists – we’re in great company!
Now you tell us – how are you creating a healthy workplace? What programs, events and benefits do you offer? We’d love to hear what you’re doing and what your employees’ are loving. Share in the comments below!
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When Ascend Performance Materials started looking to better support employee health and engagement, it was clear that traditional wellness tactics would no longer cut it if the company wanted to make long-term changes in its workforce. Instead, the company needed a solution that enabled them to support their employees holistically “– going beyond just helping them improve their physical health.
Ascend tackled wellness head on, creating a work environment fostering engagement through a three-pronged strategy that centered on community and challenges, overall wellness and leadership. For Ascend, getting employees’ families involved was critical, since studies prove that including family and friends in wellness programs encourages more engagement and participation. The company knew this approach was key to lasting success.
“Family has always been a critical part of our health and wellness strategy,” said Michael A. Martin, Total Wellness Director at Ascend. “Every wellness program that we offer today, we go out of our way to make sure that spouses are eligible to participate and receive incentives.”
Ascend searched for an easily accessible, streamlined wellness program – one encouraging participation and engagement over the long haul and featuring a social element. It wanted a tool that would bring together employees’ families and friends across the organization, allowing them to share the experience. That solution was Virgin Pulse.
The company added Virgin Pulse to the portfolio of tools to help drive employee engagement in healthy lifestyles. Using our award-winning Daily Engagement Platform™, Ascend found the tools, technology, and social capabilities it had been looking for.
“The social networking has created more of a family dynamic,” said Martin. “Anything like this before would have been a manual process. Now, there’s an Ascend-wide family feel – the level of transparency is something employees appreciate.”
Today, 78 percent of Ascend employees are enrolled in Virgin Pulse. Forty-four percent of their spouses also participate. What’s more, in March 2013, Ascend was named one of Houston’s Healthiest Employers by the Houston Business Journal. By improving their overall physical activity and making healthy changes, Ascend employees have improved their health.
Ascend has outlined long-term goals they call “moonshots,” which include tobacco-free employees, debt-free families, individualized health improvement plans for families, and engaging children. It hopes these long-term goals help keep employees dedicated and motivated to meet their own personal wellness milestones.
“When our employees know we care about them, they respond,” said Martin. “They’re willing to get off the recliner if we invest in them as a person. Virgin Pulse has been very effective in promoting a culture of wellness at Ascend, and most important, healthier lifestyles for our employees.”
Want to learn more about how Ascend drives real, long-lasting lifestyle changes across its workforce? Download our Case Study and take a deeper dive into how Ascend deployed Virgin Pulse across 2,300 employees and five locations.