August 24, 2021
Each year, the Healthiest Employers® awards program honors the best and brightest in workplace wellness. Over the past year and a half, it has become apparent that when it comes to employees’ overall wellbeing, employers have an incredible opportunity to offer benefits that fit an employee’s unique needs – regardless of where they are in their health journey.
The state of Ohio was one of our most popular award regions this year. With an average Healthiest Employers Index (HEI) score of 68, employers in the Buckeye state understand that employee health and wellbeing is more than just physical exercise. 95.2% of Ohio applicants provide financial education and coaching opportunities, and 77.1% offer diversity education and training.
There is no doubt that the last year and a half has been challenging as the world navigates how to operate efficiently and effectively during a global pandemic. Many employers had to modify their corporate plans to keep their populations safe and healthy. A few key statistics from our Ohio applicants in relation to COVID-19 are as follows:
- 91.7% provided flexible scheduling
- 83% implemented online therapy services
- 87.5% added telemedicine opportunities to allow employees to see their primary care physicians from the comfort of their homes
- 95.8% offered flexible locations, allowing employees to work from anywhere
- 67% provided additional PTO hours, which proved especially helpful for those who needed time off because either themselves or their families became ill
We have seen the highest increase in scoring on components that relate to family and employees’ work-life balance. 77.1% of Ohio companies provide paid maternity leave, while 54.2% also provide paid paternity leave. Additionally, 7 in 10 companies are offering family support programs to assist employees in their personal lives over the course of a stressful 18 months.
The following companies have earned the right to call themselves one of the Healthiest Employers in Ohio! Congratulations to all!
Micro (2-149 Employees)
1st City of Lebanon – Lebanon, Ohio
Located between Dayton and Cincinnati, the City of Lebanon is known for their historic downtown, business environment, and parks system. They believe the most effective requirement of their program is required biometric screenings, which motivates employees to make healthy decisions, encourages lifestyle changes, and has been a vital part of their clinical improvements for chronic conditions. Last year, 82% of employees earned the highest tier in their wellness program, which gives employees insurance discounts upon completion.
“Our employee wellness initiatives have helped foster a culture of not only wellness, but also teamwork and camaraderie through the various events and programs that we have undertaken. Through education, physical activity, mental and emotional health, and community involvement, we have experienced amazing individual and group transformations that make us a better organization.” – Scott Brunka, City Manager
2nd Springfield Township – Cincinnati, Ohio
3rd Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority – Columbus, Ohio
4th Rhinestahl Corporation – Mason, Ohio
5th Hamilton Caster – Hamilton, Ohio
6th LJB Inc. – Miamisburg, Ohio
7th SparkPeople Management – Oakmont, Pennsylvania (Local Office: Columbus, Ohio)
8th Boost Engagement – Dayton, Ohio
Small (150-499 Employees)
1st Continental Office – Columbus, Ohio
Since 1939, Continental Office has been the leader in creating great spaces that inspire, empower, and transform the way people work, through their flooring, interior design, and furniture. The global COVID-19 pandemic modified several of their well-being program plans by integrating virtual wellness options. Employee participation in online classes and information sessions increased and the company continues to focus on the long-term effects of the virus on mental and emotional well-being. They also added a floating holiday for employees who received their vaccination, long-term flexible work scheduling, and additional childcare and homeschooling options and resources for working parents.
"Since the beginning of our wellness program, which started in 2007, our organization has evolved into this being part of our culture! The result is a strong sense of belonging for our associates because the programs, participation and eduction have brought us together as an organizational community." – Pam Blair, EVP Human Resources
2nd Phillips Edison & Company – Cincinnati, Ohio
3rd Sunrise Treatment Center – Cincinnati, Ohio
4th HORAN – Cincinnati, Ohio
5th Union County – Marysville, Ohio
6th American Structurepoint – Indianapolis, Indiana (Local Office: Columbus, Ohio)
7th ms consultants, inc. – Columbus, Ohio
8th The Dupps Company – Germantown, Ohio
9th The Urology Group – Cincinnati, Ohio
10th City of Mason – Mason, Ohio
11th CASTO – Columbus, Ohio
Midsize (500-1,499 Employees)
Centrally located in the Midwest, Hitachi Astemo Ohio Manufacturing (USOM) develops and manufactures suspension systems for motorcycles, shock absorbers and power steering systems, and power-train pumps for automobiles. Their wellness center staff coordinates closely with the safety department to provide occupational health services; including but not limited to hearing tests, pre-employment drug screenings, and on-site physical therapy. Their programs have various clubs for employees to get involved with (Ski Club Pictured), which has proven to be a huge success as associates can join the healthy activities that appeal to them.
“Our health benefits and wellness programs have proven to be a key factor in both associate retention and recruitment of top notch candidates. I have enjoyed watching excitement and friendly competition grow amongst our associates as participation has continued to increase in our various wellness programs and challenges.” – LoAnn Burt, General Manager of Administration
2nd OCLC, Inc. – Dublin, Ohio
3rd Wright-Patt Credit Union – Beavercreek, Ohio
4th Xavier University – Cincinnati, Ohio
5th Memorial Health – Marysville, Ohio
6th Formica – Cincinnati, Ohio
7th Woolpert – Dayton, Ohio
8th Health Carousel – Cincinnati, Ohio
Large (1,500-4,999 Employees)
1st Montgomery County – Dayton, Ohio
Montgomery County is located in the southwestern part of Ohio, with approximately 500,000 residents and Dayton serving as the county seat. Employees and their spouses can tailor their wellness programming to fit their individual needs, help identify potential risks, and allow participants to choose from various interests. Through aggregate reporting from their vendor partners, they have determined the areas of success and identified gaps in care among their populations.
“It is important for us to take care of our team because without them, we couldn’t take care of our citizens and our community. Montgomery County has played a pivotal role the past two years as our community has dealt with natural disasters, man made tragedy, and a worldwide pandemic. Through it all, our employees have stepped up. Every investment we make in our people is more than worth it.” – Michael Colbert, County Administrator
2nd CBIZ – Cleveland, Ohio
3rd Gilbane, Inc. – Providence, Rhode Island (Local Office: Cleveland, Ohio)
4th City of Cincinnati – Cincinnati, Ohio
5th AmTrust Financial – New York, New York (Local Office: Cleveland, Ohio)
Extra Large (5,000+ Employees)
1st Bon Secours Mercy Health – Cincinnati, Ohio
Bon Secours Mercy Health is the United States’ fifth largest Catholic healthcare ministry, which strives to drive healthcare quality while also reducing costs and addressing community issues. Through targeted interventions, they were able to provide communications to specific subsets of their population to address issues relating to each subset. Despite the global pandemic, in 2020, 63% of employees completed their biometric screening, and 77% completed their age-specific preventive exam.
“Not only are our associates dedicated to their patients’ needs, but they are taking care of themselves and each other, which was essential to meeting the challenges of the past year,” said Nicole Martel, Vice President of Benefits, Well-being, and Associate Health. “We have also been successful in addressing socioeconomic diversity and its impact on well-being. With wellness now ingrained in our culture, associates are able to bring their best self to live the BSMH mission and provide best-in-class patient care.” – Nicole Martel, Vice President of Benefits and Associate Health
2nd U-Haul – Phoenix, Arizona (Multiple Local Offices)
3rd Premier Health – Dayton, Ohio
4th TriHealth – Cincinnati, Ohio
5th Trilogy Health Services – Louisville, Kentucky (Multiple Local Offices)
6th Franklin County Cooperative – Columbus, Ohio
7th CGI Technologies and Solutions Inc. – Fairfax, Virginia (Local Office: Cleveland, Ohio)
8th Fiserv – Brookfield, Wisconsin (Local Office: Dublin, Ohio)
9th Terracon Consultants – Olathe, Kansas (Local Office: Cincinnati, Ohio)
10th Cincinnati Public Schools – Cincinnati, Ohio
The Healthiest Employers® survey is scored and powered by Springbuk, a health intelligence platform that simplifies data-driven decision-making with an intuitive user experience, predictive modeling, and curated action steps. The assessment is scored rubric style on a 1-100 scale. Since 2009, Healthiest Employers has been the leading recognition program for employee wellness. Today, we currently host award ceremonies in over 45 regions across the country and applicants are not only eligible for local recognition, but also have the chance to earn a spot on the Healthiest 100 Workplaces in America. This national award takes the highest scoring applicants from all locations, company sizes, and industries. To sign up for the Healthiest Employers newsletter and get more information on our events, join our mailing list today!