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Why (& How!) We Help Our Employees Live Better Everyday

April 2, 2014 / Employee Engagement

Max in the GymA few weeks back, we shared with you the exciting news that we’d been named a finalist in the Boston Business Journal’s Healthiest Employers 2014 award. We’ve been waiting on pins and needles since, and are thrilled to say we’ve officially been named one of the 2014 Healthiest Employers!

“We’re honored to be named one of the Boston Business Journal’s Healthiest Employers,” said Chris Boyce, CEO of Virgin Pulse. “Helping people live better every day and companies prosper is our business, so it’s critical that we practice what we preach in order to engage employees – especially our own.

“We’re committed to helping our own employees and those of our clients adopt daily habits and make healthy behavior changes that enable them to thrive at work and in all aspects of their lives. By finding great people and showing our employees we care, we’re creating a team that’s at its best, with the energy, focus, and drive necessary to fully engage at work and in life,” he added.

Virgin Pulse’s mission of using business as a force for good by helping people get healthier is the foundation for our company culture. That’s why we offer robust health and wellness benefits, including flexible work arrangements like telecommuting, flex-scheduling and compressed work options, medical, dental and vision coverage, long-term care coverage, short-term and long-term disability coverage, life insurance, an EAP program, online and telephonic wellness coaching, annual biometric screenings, generous PTO and holidays. It doesn’t stop there, though! Our employees love the other perks we offer too – like our kitchen stocked with free healthy snacks, two on-site fitness centers, weekly fitness classes, and more.

We also connect our workforce with same wellness platform we offer clients. Virgin Pulse employees can earn cash rewards for participation and hitting certain milestones, earning hundreds of dollars in the process and discounts off their health insurance premium. We even extend our wellness program to employees’ family and friends to help keep the healthy momentum going outside of our office.

In his recent Huffington Post article, Chris explains why a focus on healthy company cultures is key for employers.

“[W]e’re in the midst of a disengagement crisis,” Chris wrote. “What does that … mean? That even on a good day, you’re getting less than the desired amount of your employees’ brainpower — the exact asset you hired them for,” he added, explaining that non-work obligations will always be a top-of-mind concern for employees.

While that’s true, employers can take steps in helping people handle their lives, at work and beyond.

“[F]ostering employees’ well-being across the board helps them bring their best selves to work. I’ve talked to a lot of employees and most want the same thing: to be happy, more energetic, sharper and more focused, with the extra drive to get things done,” Chris wrote. “To really get there, we need to approach wellness and engagement in a new way — from the employee’s point of view.”

Wondering how to take action? Start by helping employees improve their energy, focus and drive. Help them set healthy goals, and make sure they’ve got the social support they need to tackle those ambitions. Set them on the path to success by creating a healthy work environment, and offer up technology – like wearable fitness tracking devices – that helps them keep tabs on their efforts. Finally, don’t forget the importance of rewards, which can range from cash, perks or just a quick “Great work!”

Interested in learning more about how you can support employee health and engagement? Take a look at Chris Boyce’s article on the Huffington Post, “5 Tips on How to Support Healthy, Engaged Employees.”

Congrats to all the recipients of the Boston Business Journal’s Healthiest Employers 2014 award, including our clients Southcoast Health, Benchmark Senior Living, and NFP Health! 

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