The Wellness Council of America, with local affiliate Wellness Council of Wisconsin, recently presented the Gold Well Workplace Award to the city of Wauwatosa. The Gold Well Workplace Award recognizes an organization for its commitment to the health and well-being of their employees.
“Good companies know that their employees are their most valuable asset,” said WELCOA president Ryan Picarella. “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.”
“We have come to recognize that a key component in our ability to successfully achieve our mission, values and goals is the health and well-being of our employees. In that spirit, the city of Wauwatosa is committed to providing a comprehensive wellness program for its employees,” said Wauwatosa human resources director Beth Aldana. “The city’s Invest in Wellness program is designed to provide employees with a snapshot of their overall health, help keep employees up to date with age appropriate cancer screening and give them access to wellness coaches who can assist them in understanding their lab results and help with setting of wellness goals. In addition, the Invest in Wellness program offers a wide variety of wellness resources to assist employees on their wellness journey. One of the key components of the Invest in Wellness program is to create a supportive environment for employees and to encourage healthy lifestyles through a variety of programs and resources that focus on awareness, improved health, reduced health related costs and enhanced personal well-being.”
The Well Workplace Awards initiative is driven by criteria outlined in WELCOA’s seven benchmarks to a result-oriented Well Workplace. Since its inception in 1991, over a thousand organizations, ranging from educational institutions to nonprofit and profit sectors have joined the list of “America’s Healthiest Companies” by receiving the Well Workplace Award.
“The city of Wauwatosa 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 employers from the Wisconsin business community. WELCOA has more than 6,000 member organizations located throughout North America.