Joseph P. Moore
The Wellness Council of America, with local affiliate Wellness Council of Wisconsin, recently presented its coveted Gold Well Workplace Award to The City of Fond du Lac. The Gold Well Workplace Award recognizes an organization for its commitment to the health and well-being of their employees.
The City of Fond du Lac, by achieving the Well Workplace Award, has made a long-lasting commitment to the health and well-being of its employees. As stated by WELCOA President Ryan Picarella, “Good companies know that their employees are their most valuable asset. Great companies adopt policies that support employees’ efforts to reduce health risks and are bold about motivating them through bold strategies, programs, and tactics. Great companies know that by improving their employees’ health, they can reduce health care costs.”
The City of Fond du Lac’s Mission includes providing excellent local government service. Having a healthy workforce is key to fulfilling that mission. The City recognizes employees are the most valuable asset and healthy employees are more productive. In addition, employees are able to have more energy and vitality to give to their families and encourage them to live a healthier, more active lifestyle. Our Wellness program aims to promote healthy lifestyle choices, decrease health care costs and reduce absenteeism.
The City’s wellness program has evolved over the years from contests with small prizes for exercising or making other healthy lifestyle changes to today’s use of biometric scorecards that track participants’ health vital statistics and reward results with premium-based incentives. The City of Fond du Lac also offers an Employee Assistance Program at no charge to employees and household family members. This confidential service is an essential tool for employees working through mental, financial and physical issues.
To develop a Well Workplace, the City of Fond du Lac’s wellness team had to achieve rigorous goals within a 12-month timeframe. These included:
*Collecting data through employee surveys and health screenings
*Creating a detailed wellness plan
*Providing health programs aimed at improving body weight and nutrition, physical activity, stress management, tobacco use, and medical self-care
*Showing positive and measurable results as a result of these programs
“We need to be proactive to help employees stay well versus paying for them when they are sick,” said Jackie Braatz, Associate Manager- Human Resources. “We also need to ensure that everyone has the proper resources to maintain their health.”
The wellness team was thrilled to receive this award, along with the City Manager. “A person’s greatest asset is their good health and an organization’s success depends upon its people so it stands to reason that healthy people makes organizations better” said Joseph Moore, City Manager. “A vibrant and effective wellness program provides a natural connection to improving people’s lives as well as their effectiveness and we are committed to that belief.”
The Well Workplace Awards initiative is driven by a rigorous set of criteria outlined in WELCOA’s seven benchmarks to a result-oriented Well Workplace. Since its inception in 1991, over 1,000 organizations, ranging from educational institutions to non-profit and profit sectors have joined the list of “America’s Healthiest Companies” by receiving the Well Workplace Award. “
The City of Fond du Lac worked hard to successfully meet the rigorous standards set by the Well Workplace process. It is our pleasure to recognize them as the newest Wisconsin employer to achieve Well Workplace status” said Wellness Council of Wisconsin’s Executive Director, Jessica Raddemann.
The Wellness Council of Wisconsin was founded in 1985 by nine employer from the Wisconsin business community. With more than 6,000 member organizations located throughout North America, WELCOA is highly recognized and regarded for their innovative and result-oriented approach to worksite wellness.
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