How to Encourage Employees in High-Stress Industries
Learning from America’s Healthiest Employers
June 15, 2022
As the world we live in continues to evolve, so does the stress employees feel while at work. In our latest webinar, we took a deep dive into how employers are encouraging their employees to live healthy lifestyles, professionally and personally. As we aim to identify and improve the wellness options that are provided in the workplace, learning from others can be a key part of success. In sticking with that theme, this conversation highlights some of the extraordinary initiatives that Faith Technologies and Hitachi Astemo Ohio Manufacturing are putting into place.
During this session, we had the opportunity to speak with Jillian Jacobs, Wellness Program Manager at Hitachi Astemo Ohio Manufacturing, and Alyssa Kwasny, Wellness Program Manager of Faith Technologies. These women work to continuously innovate and expand their wellness options, making sure to offer the best solutions that meet the needs of their companies' populations. The programs offered at each of these companies is an amazing example of how, when putting wellness at the forefront of importance, employers can see immense benefits to productivity and culture.
“64% of our employees voluntarily come into our wellness centers and receive a health risk assessment,” Jacobs said, speaking to the value of their investment in wellness programming. “We're seeing those numbers continue to increase over the years as they're establishing those relationships with their providers.”
Jennifer Jones, Population Health Practice Leader at Springbuk, led the conversation on various different topics ranging from mental health, the COVID-19 impact, and the current problem of employee retention.
Speakers also provided advice on how to create a culture of wellness within the workplace. “I would say surveying your employees and creating an interest survey was really important for us,” said Kwasny. “You have to find out what they want in a wellness program. After all, your wellness program is built for them, so you want to make sure that you're providing benefits and programs that are going to be valuable to them.”
To view the webinar in its entirety, click here.
Wellness Program Manager
Faith Technologies Incorporated
Alyssa joined Faith Technologies Incorporated (FTI) in 2008 and holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay. She is recognized by the Wellness Council of America (WELCOA) as one of their Top 100 Health Promotion Professionals and is a member of the WELCOA Faculty, which recognizes individual achievement in National Workplace Wellness. Alyssa received her certification as a Corporate Wellness Specialist in 2015, and in 2018 was a recipient of the Well-Being 100 Award which recognizes those who have proven innovation and commitment to continuous improvement in the health and well-being industry.
As FTI’s Wellness Program Manager, Alyssa is responsible for the oversight, development and administration of wellness programs, policies and initiatives that promote the physical, mental, emotional and financial well-being of the organization’s team members. Alyssa spearheaded the organization’s recognition as one of America’s Healthiest 100 Workplaces by Healthiest Employer, LLC, for six years, which has enabled FTI to be inducted into their Hall of Fame in 2022.
Wellness Program Manager
Hitachi Astemo Ohio Manufacturing
For over 15 years, Jillian has promoted health and wellness in a community setting and at the corporate level. Jillian is a graduate of Marshall University with a Master of Science degree in Exercise Physiology/ Cardiac Rehabilitation and B.A. in Adult Fitness. She is also a member of the Wellness Council of America (WELCOA) and Health Action Council of Ohio (HAC). Jillian is certified as an American Red Cross Instructor (CPR, AED, First Aid, BBP), ACLS Provider, Ergonomics Assessment Specialist (CEAS) and is currently studying to be a Certified Professional Ergonomist (CPE). She has served as an Exercise Physiologist, Wellness Program Manager, teacher, and adjunct member of American Showa’s medical clinics staff for the previous 12 years. In 2010, as an Exercise Physiologist, Jillian was part of the implementation team to launch one of the first corporate wellness centers in the state of Ohio. 2 years later, she helped open the 2nd medical clinic for American Showa associates & dependents.
Her primary responsibilities have included development and implementation of health and wellness programs for 1,000 employees. She continues to work closely with plant safety departments to implement injury risk mitigation and education programs, leading the site ergonomics teams. In 2017, Jillian was named Wellness Program Manager assuming the responsibility for management of the on-site Wellness Center contracts and operations.
Population Health Practice Leader
Jennifer Jones, MSM, RD, is an experienced healthcare professional with a background in clinical dietetics, wellness programming, and employer health, and is a certified Corporate Wellness Specialist.
With over 20 years of experience, she has worked in various settings including health care systems, occupational health organizations and health and welfare benefits advisory firm. After working directly with patients and employees, Jennifer turned her focus to population and employer health to achieve a greater impact on health outcomes.