2021 Healthiest Employers of the Triangle

September 20, 2021 – Introducing the 2021 Healthiest Employers of the Triangle! These companies have earned the right to call themselves the very best!

2021 Healthiest Employers of the Triangle

2021 Finalists

September 20, 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

The following organizations were named to the Healthiest Employers of the Triangle for the 2021 nomination period. Congratulations to our finalists!


1st Clarkston Consulting – Durham

Clarkston Consulting is made up of leading industry-focused consultants that provide life sciences, consumer products, and retail business consulting services. Clarkston aims to address more than just physical health by also focusing heavily on mental health assistance throughout the pandemic and financial wellness resources. As many people were confined to their homes in 2020, Clarkston provided at-home biometric screening kits so that employees could track their health status without leaving their houses. With this, they saw a 40% increase in the number of biometric screenings completed and provided additional educational opportunities to go along with their scores. 

“By encouraging our employees to support and learn from each other, we have flourished as a business and as individuals because our culture embraces bringing your authentic self to work. Our success is indicative of our people’s success – both personally and professionally.” – Kate Butts, Senior HR Generalist

2nd Storr Office Environments – Raleigh

3rd Stewart – Raleigh

4th WithersRavenel – Cary

5th Railinc – Cary

6th Workplace Options – Raleigh

7th LifeOmic – Indianapolis, Indiana (Local Office: Morrisville)


1st Merz North America, Inc. – Raleigh

Merz North America, Inc. is a privately held, family-owned company that has dedicated more than 110 years to developing pharmaceutical innovations that meet patient and customer needs. Now with the vaccine available, Merz continues to provide flexible work from home policies and continued mental health resources. Even with the increased strain and anxiety of the previous year, Merz was able to keep premiums flat for all employees with a 0% renewal increase. Additionally, they offered a $0 copay for telemedicine, company-paid child, elder, and pet care, and pet insurance. 

“We are proud of our Total Wellness Employee Value Proposition which currently offers over 43 programs to support the health of our employees mentally, physically, and financially. The pandemic underscored the critical importance of comprehensive benefit programs. We are very fortunate that we were well positioned with a variety of benefit offerings before the pandemic and were able to provide personalized resources to meet the needs of our employees and their families. We will continue to adapt and enhance our employee value proposition as the post pandemic needs will certainly change.” – Hyunna Coelho, Chief Administrative Officer

2nd City of Rocky Mount – Rocky Mount

3rd Builders Mutual Insurance Company – Raleigh

4th Coastal Credit Union – Raleigh


1st Wake County Government – Raleigh

Wake County Government is a local government employer that employs approximately 4,200 employees to serve over 1 million citizens. Because of their emphasis on culture and employee health, they were able to decrease chronic conditions within their population by 5.4% during a year in which many employees were feeling increased amounts of stress and anxiety. Their telehealth utilization increased by 486%, highlighting their focus on total employee wellbeing. 

“Wake County’s approach to the health and well-being of its employees is built on the philosophy that each employee is unique and valuable. I am proud that the County’s benefits program is designed to meet our diverse workforce where they are and how they are to achieve outcomes that ensure the employee is successful while on the job and in life.” – Emily Lucas, Chief Financial Officer

2nd Syngenta – Greensboro

3rd Cree, Inc. – Durham

4th Durham County – Durham

5th Research Triangle International – Research Triangle Park

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1st Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina – Durham

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (Blue Cross NC) has been committed to making healthcare better, simpler, and more affordable since 1933. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Blue Cross NC allowed additional PTO days, temporary two-week paid sick leave for those affected by COVID, and provided a childcare subsidy for qualified employees. They understand the importance that family and homelife have on employee health and wellbeing, so they expanded their program incentives to include spouses and domestic partners. In the past year, their healthcare savings totaled approximately $380,000, capturing the success of their initiatives.

“I am proud of our workforce as we have managed through this difficult time, while most importantly, never losing sight of our customers, many of whom were also dealing with difficult health issues. Our purpose remains – we will not stop until healthcare is better for all.” – Fara Palumbo, Chief People Officer

2nd WakeMed Health and Hospitals – Raleigh

3rd Accenture – Raleigh

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

To see more of our 2021 winners and finalists in the Healthiest Employers program, click here!