September 9, 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.
As Over the past year, Americans learned how to adapt their workforces in light of a pandemic, it is no surprise that the general idea of wellness has shifted. The winners of this year’s Healthiest Employers of Texas awards program have had to rethink their traditional methods of business to keep their workforce happy and healthy. According to the data of all Texas applicants in 2021, 87.7% of individuals in leadership roles serve on the wellness committee, and 86% of companies have a mission statement to support employee health.
Several organizations have been modifying their programming to assist employees outside of the workplace, especially during COVID-19 lock downs. Work-life and family balance are a huge component of what it takes to be considered one of the Healthiest Employers of Texas. 95.5% of applicants have provided flexible scheduling due to the pandemic, while 62.5% incorporated additional PTO hours, and 42% provided work from home stipends to applicable employees. Additionally, 87.7% of companies are providing at least two weeks of paid maternity leave and 69.8% are offering at least two weeks of paid paternity leave, as bonding with a newborn child is just as important for father figures.
The following organizations have been named to the 2021 Healthiest Employers of Texas awards program.
1st Hill & Wilkinson General Contractors – Richardson
Hill & Wilkinson is a full service construction firm that provides professional services, including design-build and general contracting. Their wellness program has been in place for over 10 years and have noticed significant improvements in their population’s health since its inception. Providing on-site biometric screenings and educational resources has allowed employees the opportunity to develop personalized wellness plans with a licensed health coach. The program additionally encourages time off to focus on self-care, financial wellness, and encourages participation in charitable events that promote physical health, such as 5Ks and 10Ks.
“I am proud that our health and wellbeing program focuses on more than just the physical health of the employee. We encourage and incentivize mental health programs and giving back to our communities.” – Paul Dricoll, CEO
2nd MetroNational – Houston
3rd Cooper Aerobics – Dallas
4th LJB Inc. – Miamisburg, Ohio (Local Office: Houston)
5th b.well Connected Health Inc. – Eldersberg, Maryland (Local Office: Austin)
6th American Metals Supply Co., Inc. – Springfield, Illinois (Local Office: Grand Prairie)
1st Hess Corporation – Houston
Hess Corporation is a leading shale oil and gas producer in the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Recently, they implemented diabetes and musculoskeletal programming to help track specific health improvements. These additional resources helped reduce the number of unnecessary surgeries and avoidable ER visits. In only six weeks of implementation, they saw 62% reductions in musculoskeletal pain and 83% reduction in depression incidence.
The pandemic created noticeable challenges as an essential employer, leading to Hess’s creation of a COVID-19 Task Force. This group meets weekly to modify office protocols, monitor contact tracing and quarantining among employees, and provide the resources necessary to receive vaccinations and COVID medical support.
“We’re learning a lot about our peoples’ desires, lifestyles, and what programs can be of service to themselves and their families. With our points system, they are earning valuable tax-free dollars to spend on future healthcare while helping to reduce our overall benefits costs. Over the last 18 months, the program has been particularly helpful as people adapt to living in an ongoing pandemic and working remotely." – Andy Slentz, SVP, Human Resources and Office Management
2nd Group & Pension Administrators, LLC (dba GPA) – Dallas
3rd Higginbotham – Fort Worth
4th Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP – Washington, D.C. (Local Office: Dallas)
5th American Structurepoint – Indianapolis, Indiana (Local Office: Austin)
6th Walker & Dunlop – Bethesda, Maryland (Local Office: Dallas)
7th G&A Partners – Houston
8th Health Carousel – Cincinnati, Ohio (Local Office: Irving)
1st Dallas - Fort Worth International Airport – DFW Airport
Dallas – Ft. Worth International Airport is a major airport located in the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex. Awarded the Global Airport of the Year for 2019, DFW Airport serves 253 destinations with 23 airlines. Even before the pandemic, DFW Airport prioritized telehealth and additional resources for the mental well-being of their employees. In January of 2020, they re-branded their Employee Assistance Program, now referring to it as “Safe Landings.” The increased focus on employee health provided additional support to meet the diverse needs of airport employees and from 2019 to 2020, EAP utilized increased 224%. Additionally, during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, DFW Airport provided testing services at their onsite clinic and vaccines for employees and their families.
“By listening to feedback from our employees, the team keeps finding new ways to expand our wellness culture. Our weight loss program has been offered for several years at DFW Airport. Yet, when we started rolling enrollment, we saw our registration for this offering increase by 465%. That is an outstanding outcome and a testament to the creativity and adaptability of our LiveWell team.” – Ollie Malone, Vice President of Human Resources
2nd JE Dunn Construction – Kansas City, Missouri (Local Office: Austin)
3rd CBIZ – Cleveland, Ohio (Local Offices: Dallas, Houston, Midland)
4th Gilbane, Inc. – Providence, Rhode Island (Local Office: Houston)
5th Philadelphia Insurance Companies – Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania (Local Office: Plano)
6th CPS Energy – San Antonio
7th AmTrust Financial – New York City, New York (Local Office: Dallas)
8th DriveTime – Tempe, Arizona (Local Office: Multiple Local Offices)
9th MongoDB, Inc. – New York City, New York (Local Office: Austin)
10th Ryan, LLC – Dallas
1st Baylor College of Medicine – Houston
Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) is a health sciences university that applies science and discoveries to further education, healthcare, and community service, both locally and globally. At BCM, their top priority is educating and communicating with their population and providing the resources they need to be the best version of themselves. They actively utilize 25-30 different forms of communication for wellness programming to include virtual options, newsletters and brochures, and in-person presentations and seminars. They believe their enhanced communication options have led to their 56% closed gaps in care over the past year among their top two chronic conditions. With the ongoing threat of COVID-19, BCM is continuing to add support for employees including food delivery services, scrubs and uniform cleaning to employees that are exposed to high-risk patients, and hotel stays for those exposed to COVID-19 to protect their families and friends at home.
“This program has helped numerous members of our community reach their personal health and well-being goals. By using innovative technology and internal partnerships, we have been able to successfully lower our overall health risks as well as reduce healthcare-related costs for both our employees and the College. As we continue to expand as an institution, it is essential we continue to provide these effective resources to support our employees as they continue their work carrying out the mission and vision of Baylor College of Medicine.” – Joe Doty, Chief Operating Officer
2nd Quanta Services – Houston
3rd Chevron – San Ramon, California (Local Office: Houston)
4th Ericsson – Plano
5th HP Inc. – Palo Alto, California (Local Office: Houston)
6th Harris Health System – Bellaire
7th U-Haul – Phoenix, Arizona (Multiple Local Offices)
8th Jacobs – Dallas
9th Burns & McDonnell – Kansas City, Missouri (Local Office: Fort Worth, Dallas, Austin)
10th Cook Children’s Healthcare System – Fort Worth
11th CGI Technologies and Solutions – Fairfax, Virginia (Local Office: Belton)
12th Quest Diagnostics – Secaucus, New Jersey (Local Office: Irving)
13th Fiserv – Brookfield, Wisconsin (Local Office: Frisco)
14th City of Houston – Houston
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