September 16, 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 well-being, 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 Healthiest Employers assessment is scored Rubric style on a 1-100 scale. The assessment is made up of six categories with yes/no, multiple choice, and short answer questions, with each question totaling .25-3 points. A Healthiest Employers Index (HEI) is assigned to each applicant to help rank among companies of similar size.
The 6 categories evaluated:
- Culture and Leadership Commitment
- Foundational Components
- Strategic Planning
- Communications and Marketing
- Programming and Interventions
- Reporting and Analytics
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. Last year, 93.6% of employers offered flexible schedules, 67.3% offered additional PTO hours, and 39.9% even provided stipends for supplies and additional materials needed while working remotely.
Even with all the challenges that we face, the following companies have earned the right to call themselves one of the Healthiest Employers in the Bay Area! Congratulations!
1st PAE Consulting Engineers – Portland, Oregon (Local Office: San Francisco)
PAE Consulting Engineers designs high-performing buildings that keeps people comfortable, healthy, and productive. They take pride in their extended leave policy, which provides paid time off for paternity leave, health conditions, or care for ill loved ones. Once their paid leave is over, they also offer programs to help employees ease their way back into work after being away for so long. When surveyed, the employee feedback is often the same – “What makes PAE a great place to work is the people.” In 2020, their employees dedicated over 426 hours of community service and 1,667 hours of pro bono work to give back to their community in light of the pandemic, local forest fires, and civil disturbance.
“Our wellness program encompasses the full scope of an employee’s well-being. From financial seminars to mindfulness meditations, and even self-defense classes taught by one of our own. It all wouldn’t be possible without our people putting their compassion and creativity towards building a program everyone can find value in.” – Shiloh Butterworth, Chief People Officer
2nd Aimmune Therapeutics – Brisbane
3rd Pulsepoint – New York, New York (Local Office: San Francisco)
4th RealTime Innovations – Sunnyvale
5th ABD Insurance and Financial Services – San Mateo
1st Nektar – San Francisco
Nektar Therapeutics is a research-based development stage biopharmaceutical company that discovers and develops innovative medicines in areas of high unmet medical need. With the pandemic, their primary focus was creating a positive mental environment for employees to operate at their best. While working from home, employees were provided with flexible childcare options and created individualized wellness plans to remain engaged.
“Nektar's robust wellness offerings support our employees in their journey to reach their individual health goals. Our participation rate in wellness programs and positive feedback has made a significant impact in how our employees view our culture.” – Brenda Chu, Associate Director of Benefits
2nd AssetMark – Concord
3rd Valley Water (Santa Clara Valley Water District) – San Jose
4th Treasury Wine Estates – Oakland
5th Collaborative Solutions, LLC – Reston, Virginia (Local Office: Pleasanton)
1st Cree, Inc.– Durham, North Carolina (Local Office: Morgan Hill)
Cree, Inc. is a powerhouse semiconductor company focused on silicon carbide and GaN technologies. They strive to recognize the diversity among their employees and work to provide engaging and innovative experiences for their population. In the midst of the pandemic, they implemented an additional leave policy, financial assistance, and even provided food trucks and additional safety protocols to essential workers who were still onsite. Additionally, their ability to track gaps in care and address chronic conditions has led to many success stories among their employee population.
“I have received positive feedback from our employees about our programs and the support they provide for themselves and their families. Success is reflected in our health care engagement scores, and utilization and claims experience beating benchmark and expectations.” – Evan Renneker, Senior Director, Total Rewards
2nd Gilbane, Inc. – Providence, Rhode Island (Local Office: San Jose)
3rd AmTrust Financial – New York, New York (Local Office: Concord)
4th Essex Property Trust, Inc.– San Mateo
5th Satellite Healthcare – San Jose
6th MongoDB, Inc. – New York, New York (Local Office: Palo Alto)
7th First Tech Federal Credit Union – Hillsboro, Oregon (Local Office: San Jose)
8th Freedom Financial Network – San Mateo
9th Marvell Semiconductor, Inc. – Santa Clara
1st Ericsson – Plano, Texas (Local Office: Santa Clara)
Ericsson enables the full value of connectivity by creating game-changing technology and services in the information and communication technology space. Throughout the year of 2020, 79% of employees and 49% of spouses registered for the EHealth program. Several mental and emotional health programs were added during the pandemic, as well as stipends for employees working from home and additional COVID testing resources to ensure a healthy onsite workforce.
"Our people are key to ensuring Ericsson's future success, and our focus has been steadfast in enabling a work culture that supports our people in bringing the best version of themselves to Ericsson. We're proud of the success our E-Health wellness programs have achieved, and we're continuing to support the well-being of our employees in innovative and creative ways. As we continue to prioritize the health and safety of our employees as we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, we continue to focus on ensuring our employees have access to resources to support them during this time" - Kevin Marcellus, Head of People
2nd Chevron – San Ramon
3rd HP – Palo Alto
4th Jacobs – Dallas, Texas (Local Office: San Francisco)
5th Accenture – San Francisco
6th CGI Technologies and Solutions – Fairfax, Virginia (Local Office: Oakland)
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. 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!