at Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin practice
yoga in the cancer center.
help control rising health care costs and curtail lost work
productivity, workplace wellness programs today have evolved to
address more than just exercise and healthy food choices.
wellness program focuses overall on how to be a better person,"
says Kathryn Menard-Rothe, staff wellness manager for Froedtert &
the Medical College of Wisconsin. That means offering community
volunteer opportunities and lunch-and-learn topics on green issues
area employers see the value in offering workplace wellness programs,
they are beginning to expand their efforts beyond standard services
like smoking cessation, chronic disease management, weight control and
think health and wellness is about physical fitness, but it’s really
about lifestyle choices," says Annette Adams, vice president of
Total Rewards for Kohl’s.
Adams, Kohl’s doesn’t have a formal workplace wellness program,
instead preferring to develop wellness solutions that focus on the
overall well-being of its employees.
more about lifelong health care and provide a number of different
facets to help our associates address their wellness needs," she
employees take a fitness class at the company’s wellness
like Froedtert and Kohl’s have established on-site medical clinics
where employees and family members can seek treatment for acute health
conditions like ear infections and bronchitis and avoid costly trips
to the urgent care clinic or ER.
can participate, not just those who take Froedtert’s
insurance," explains Menard-Rothe. "We want to make sure
employees get the appropriate care they need."
Along with acute
care services and routine health assessments, Froedtert recently added
a counselor to its clinic staff to address employees’ mental health
health of our staff and their families is so important," says
Menard-Rothe. "We’re making it easy to access counseling
its wellness center to a former ProHealth Care building near its
corporate headquarters in Menomonee Falls last spring, Kohl’s has
seen an exponential increase in employees accessing the company’s
on-site health care clinic and pharmacy.
been wildly successful," says Adams. In fact, nearly half of Kohl’s
employees and families have designated physicians at the company’s
Wellness Center as their primary care doctor.
positive consequence that we hadn’t anticipated," says Adams.
its first on-site health care clinic in 2007 to encourage employees to
be proactive in taking care of their health needs. The move to its new
wellness center facility last May doubled the size of Kohl’s on-site
clinic and pharmacy and added a 14,000-square-foot state-of-the-art
to change the face of what health care delivery looks like for our
associates," says Adams.
corporate wellness center, Kohl’s has established a smaller express
care clinic for employees at its off-site credit center. Other
inventive wellness solutions like biannual visits from Columbia St.
Mary’s mobile mammography unit and traveling flu shot clinics target
associates at Kohl’s distribution center and store locations.
"We want to make our wellness solutions available for
everyone," says Adams.
corporations aren’t the only employers developing comprehensive
workplace wellness programs. Small and midsize companies are equally
committed to their employees’ well-being.
At PyraMax Bank,
which employs 115 people at eight area branches, the wellness
committee emphasizes fun as part of every activity it coordinates.
focused on the whole person, not just an insurance discount,"
says Monica Baker, chief brand officer for PyraMax.
staff takes a team approach, organizing employee outings to local fun
runs and friendly workplace competitions like "Hold it through
the Holidays," which challenged staff to maintain their weight
over the holidays. When management saw employees’ stress level on
the rise last year, they offered on-site acupuncture sessions and
approach has earned the organization Platinum Well Workplace
recognition from the Wellness Council of Wisconsin.
that kind of recognition tells our employees that what we’re doing
is beneficial," says Baker.
employees live a longer, happier, healthier life is what drives DUECO’s
workplace wellness program.
has always been a cornerstone," says Denise Huebner, human
resources director for DUECO, a Waukesha-based company with 350
people spend the majority of their day at work, DUECO began developing
its workplace wellness program six years ago to support employees in
their endeavors to embrace healthier lifestyles.
robust wellness committee represents a cross-section of the company,
from the manufacturing floor to the sales teams to support staff. The
team has introduced a number of successful initiatives, including
Wellness Wednesdays, a hands-on lunch and learn series with topics
that range from healthy cooking demonstrations to reading nutrition
labels, and a healthy food policy at all of DUECO’s facilities.
trying to encourage healthy habits among our employees," says
Huebner. That doesn’t mean a ban on doughnuts at morning meetings or
employee pizza parties, but a commitment to serve at least one healthy
food choice at company-sponsored events.
not outlawing junk food, but now we also serve fresh fruit or
salad," she explains. "We’ve found if it’s there, it
gets eaten – especially if it’s free."
approach employers take to promoting health and wellness, it’s clear
that employees appreciate the convenience and value that workplace
wellness programs offer.
employees tell us they feel like someone genuinely cares about
them," says Adams.