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Association for Talent Development

The Association for Talent Development has saluted its Southeastern Wisconsin Chapter for contributions made to the national organization’s “Sharing Our Success” program. The program highlights best practices among local chapters and holds them up as models for other chapters to adopt. The Southeastern Wisconsin Chapter has been recognized for its member communication best practice as it revamped its bi-weekly e-blast newsletters to boost member engagement, offer more robust information and follow ATD’s new branding standards. Since updating its newsletters, the chapter has secured an increase in open rates 156 percent higher than the national average. Click rates are now 337 percent higher than the national average. Those results have translated into substantial increases in attendance rates for chapter events this year. As part of its recognition, the chapter will be displayed on the Chapter Leader Community SOS webpage and in the Leader Connection Newsletter. The chapter will also be honored at the ATD Chapter Leaders Conference in Washington, D.C., and will be eligible to be named a future Chapter of the Month – a designation it previously earned in July 2014.

Acuity

Sheboygan-based ACUITY has received a 2015 Stakeholder Team Accomplishment Recognition (STAR) Award from independent financial analysis firm Demotech Inc. The award is given to insurers whose performance benefits all stakeholders, including agents, customers, employees, consumers, regulators and reinsurers. ACUITY earned an award for excelling in all areas of performance, including financial strength and stability, profitability, claim handling, and compensation to employees and agents. ACUITY was one of 29 companies to meet all award criteria, according to Demotech, which is based in Columbus, Ohio. Just more than 1 percent of the more than 2,600 property-casualty carriers analyzed met criteria related to all stakeholders, according to the firm.

Anthem Inc.

The National Business Group on Health and the CEO Roundtable on Cancer, two national health and business organizations, have recognized Anthem Inc., the parent company of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Wisconsin, for promoting healthier lifestyles to its employees. The organizations highlight programs that range from encouraging employees and their families to maintain healthy lifestyles to supporting cancer care survivors in the workplace. The honors include:

  • 2015 Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles Platinum award from The National Business Group on Health, a nonprofit association of large U.S. employers, for Anthem’s dedication to promoting a healthy work environment and encouraging its employees and their families to maintain healthy lifestyles.
  • CEO Cancer Gold Standard re-accreditation from the CEO Roundtable on Cancer, for maintaining a strong commitment to the health of Anthem’s employees and establishing and promoting programs that reduce cancer risks, provide access to cancer care and support cancer survivors in the workplace.

Anthem employees are offered a benefits package that includes health and wellness offerings such as on-site fitness centers or health club reimbursements, subsidized healthy food options at its on-site cafeterias, fitness competitions among its employees, weight management programs, and incentives toward the cost of health care coverage for demonstrating healthy behaviors. Recent Anthem employee survey results indicate 92 percent of respondents agreed that Anthem wellness programs are helping them take personal accountability for their health. Anthem has been honored with Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles each year since 2008 and achieved Platinum status for the fourth year in a row. It earned CEO Cancer Gold Standard accreditation from the CEO Roundtable on Cancer in February 2013 and has been re-accredited each year since.

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