September 22, 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 Washington for the 2021 nomination period. Congratulations to our finalists!
1st Permanente Dental Associates – Portland, Oregon (Local Office: Vancouver)
Practicing under the Kaiser Permanente health plan, Permanente Dental Associates is a dentist-owned multidisciplinary group that provides oral healthcare to more than 290,000 clients. They focus on several key performance indicators, such as healthcare costs, closing gaps in care, and risk trends among their population. By focusing on these, they can identify areas of stress and anxiety to prevent employee burnout and ensure their population is well cared for.
“Despite the challenges of the past year, we have continued to see half of our employees actively engage and participate in our wellness offerings. With all the uncertainty, especially during the chaotic beginning of the pandemic, our wellness committee members continued to deliver meaningful programming that was responsive to our participants’ evolving needs during what became an ongoing global pandemic.” – Rhonda Hines, Vice President of Human Resources
2nd PAE Consulting Engineers – Portland, Oregon (Local Office: Seattle)
3rd The Partners Group – Portland, Oregon (Local Office: Bellevue)
1st David Evans Associates Inc. – Portland, Oregon (Local Office: Bellevue)
David Evans Associates is a civil engineering company that provides design and management complex transportation, land development, water resources, and energy projects nationwide. Their leadership team recognized a need to switch their wellness program from being primarily physical health focused to encompassing all pillars of wellbeing. By increasing mental health resources and focusing on work-life balance, they have noticed significant decreases in claims spend and a happier workforce.
“We recognized that our older wellness program wasn’t meeting employees’ needs and interests, so we used a consultant and employee focus groups to build our own program with a more holistic approach. We’ve built the program in recognition of each person’s unique path on their own wellbeing journey, and we also provide collective experiences, fostering community within our organization and with connections to the communities where we live.” – Al Barkouli, Chairman and CEO
2nd ABD Insurance and Financial Services – San Mateo, California (Local Office: Seattle)
3rd ZoomCare – Portland, Oregon (Local Office: Seattle)
1st Cambia Health Solutions – Portland, Oregon (Local Office: Seattle)
ambia Health Solutions works to transform healthcare while focusing on creating a person-focused and sustainable system. They prioritize data and the ability to monitor and measure clinical improvements within their employee population. By identifying gaps in care, risk levels, and utilization, they worked to modify their programming in order to meet the needs of their employees. From March 2020 to March 2021, Cambia recorded over 13,800 employee views of their wellness webinars, which ranged from networking to virtual group fitness classes to stay connected.
“As employees navigated the pandemic, they shared openly about their hardships – everything from burnout to personal stress. Many even took the vulnerable step of sharing their mental health stories on video to support colleagues. I'm incredibly proud that we've built a true wellness community that spans across the west and pacific northwest that cares about each other and delivers results that improves employees and their family’s health.” – Mark Sstimpson, Chief Human Resources Officer
2nd Essex Property Trust, Inc. – San Mateo, California (Local Office: Bellevue)
3rd ZoomInfo – Vancouver
1st PeaceHealth – Vancouver
PeaceHealth is one of the largest healthcare systems in the Northwest, with over 16,000 caregivers, 1200 clinicians, and 10 medical centers. The past year, their employee population faced many hardships and financial assistance was set up for those impacted by forest fires and COVID-19. They also set up additional diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives designed to nurture a family-friendly environment and promote cultural education and awareness. Employees are also given the opportunity to pick up healthy, convenient meals from their food pantries.
“Healthy caregivers build healthy communities and allow us to extend our culture of wellness beyond our walls. From collaborative efforts to promote access to care, education, and testing, we remain committed to working with our local partners to address inequities and remove barriers for the underserved. In the face of immense challenge and social injustice seen throughout the year, our caregivers’ dedication to our Mission is a beacon that comforts our communities and inspires us all to be better as we continue our pursuit of health and wellness for all." – Liz Dunne, President and CEO
2nd HP Inc. – Palo Alto, California (Local Office: Vancouver)
3rd U-Haul – Phoenix, Arizona (Multiple Local Offices)
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!