Dr. Bryan Muth talks
with workers in the shipping department of Standard
Process in Palmyra about ergonomic issues involved
in packing and loading boxes.
PALMYRA - Implementing a workplace
wellness program comes with a price tag, but Cultivate's Jerry Curtin can cite numerous ways it
will improve a company’s bottom line - he has had a lot
of firsthand experience with the positive effects
Standard Process’s program had on its employees.
Standard Process is a third-generation
family-owned business that makes whole food dietary
supplements and only sells to doctors and chiropractors.
The company focuses on its employees’ wellness and
happiness by offering an organic café that it
subsidizes, a day care center across the street, a
fitness center and a wellness walking program. After 12
years of offering wellness programs, Standard Process
reports a 97 percent participation rate. Its wellness
offerings include an on-site chiropractor, nutritional
guidance and educational programming.
Curtin said the company’s wellness
program has retained employees and attracted new ones.
“We got our employees healthy and happy,”
he said. “We saw the success of that start to bleed into
Dr. Bryan Muth talks
about the types of ergonomic counseling he does to
help reduce work-related injuries, especially
repetitive stress injuries, as he demonstrates
lifting a heavy carton.
So it was a natural transition, Curtin
said, to package what the company learned through its
four wellness tiers, chiropractic, fitness, nutrition
and education, and help other companies create a
workplace program. Cultivate was formed in February
One employee might only be one-third of
the household that is covered by a company-provided
insurance plan, Curtin said. By helping the spouse and
dependents in a household be healthy, the company is
also helping to keep its insurance costs down.
The Cultivate program includes a
chiropractor and wellness coach who can work with
employees on the ergonomics of doing their tasks
properly, how to eat healthfully, chiropractic
adjustments and other health issues. For the cost of
about $100 to $125 per employee voluntarily enrolled per
month, a company has access to the chiropractor and
wellness coach’s expertise, as well as access to the
Cultivate app and other resources. Companies can either
cover the entire costs of having Cultivate work with
employees or can offer employees a stipend for the
Bryan Muth, medical services manager for
Cultivate and the on-site chiropractor for Standard
Process, said he selects the top chiropractors and
trains them on how to function well in a corporate
setting. While a Cultivate chiropractor can still
maintain a personal practice and have access to the
company’s employees’ dependents, they are encouraged to
take an active role in the company they are serving,
from eating lunch with the employees to walking the
plant floor and helping to correct bad ergonomics.
Curtin said skepticism remains about
chiropractic medicine, but Cultivate works with its
chiropractors to provide diagnostics and data so a
company can track improvements among its workforce and
effects on its bottom line.
By the end of 2015, Curtin estimates
Cultivate will be working with 3,000 employees in eight
locations across the Midwest.
While there is cost involved in bringing
Cultivate into a workplace, Curtin said that should be
weighed against the time, energy and money used to
compensate for employees’ lost time, whether through
health or injury-related incidents.
When Cultivate representatives come into
a company their goal is treat the “whole person, whole
company,” Curtin said.
Standard Process Safety Manager Ryan
Moyse said he can work with the on-site chiropractor to
help eliminate risk of injury. Employees are encouraged
to do position-specific stretches each morning to
eliminate soft-tissue injuries or muscle strains, Moyse
Curtin added that workers compensation
costs both employers and employees money. For an
employee, workers comp generally covers about 70 percent
of his weekly salary. The Cultivate on-site chiropractor
can also work with the company as well as the employee’s
doctor to figure out a way to get the employee back on
site sooner, but still in a healthy way.
Moyse also highlighted that in
three-and-a-half years, Standard Process has gone 2
million hours without a time-loss injury.
In addition, Curtin promotes a corporate
wellness initiative as a way to recruit millennials and
help the veteran employees stay healthy and on the job