Two years ago, HBM Holdings, Tru-Flex and Mississippi Lime embarked on a healthy lifestyle journey to encourage employees to participate in healthy activities. Although the theme and core objectives of the “Wellness Works” program are consistent across companies, Shelly Cattoor, Senior Manager Total Rewards, partners with the human resources teams at each of HBM’s portfolio companies to support employee wellness. Aspects of the program are tailored to best-suit each company’s unique workforce.
The “Wellness Works” program is designed to provide a wide array of health, personal and lifestyle benefits for our employees. This year, HBM has made team building one of the major components of the program.
So what’s ahead? We’ll be forming teams for upcoming community activities like the St. Louis Zoo 5k and Fun Run, the 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb and Pedal the Cause. In addition to fitness benefits, these activities promote comradery and boost morale.
Recently, we volunteered our time at a local charity, sorting and cleaning donated items for underprivileged St. Louis residents. Putting teamwork to the test outside of the day-to-day, in the service of others, provided tremendous value – and some fun along the way too!
A little competition can also motivate program participation. At the beginning of each year, HBM establishes a list of wellness-related activities, each worth a certain number of points. The benefits are substantial: participation not only supports overall health, but also lowers healthcare premiums. Points can be earned a number of ways, including annual health screenings, group activity participation, health webinars and “scoring” higher than the previous year on the annual health screening. Recently-introduced quarterly challenges – like increasing daily step count or getting more sleep – are also important ways employees can earn points. The race is on!
We’re already receiving positive feedback on our Wellness Works initiatives across the enterprise. In some cases, employees are uncovering critical and even lifesaving knowledge about their health, tackling the choices and patterns that can lead to chronic health issues.
Wellness activities across our portfolio are structured to be flexible – providing every employee with opportunities to improve physical and emotional well-being and give back to their local community. Our hope is for our employees to feel empowered to take action and work at their own pace to achieve personal wellness goals.
HBM will be rolling out Wellness Works to the remaining portfolio companies in 2018 and 2019.