August 8, 2022
Healthiest Employers, in partnership with Springbuk, is proud to announce the 2022 Honorees for the Healthiest Employers of New York City. This year we are pleased to recognize 13 employers who have taken the time over the last year to raise the bar. Their dedication to wellness and in-house employee benefits are remarkable and worthy of sharing.
In the New York City region, over 78% of these companies work within a hybrid model, allowing them to spend time working in the office and from home. They are also committed to providing employees a better work environment, with 50% offering a work-from-home stipend and taking employees’ geographical location into consideration when it comes to their compensation. While these statics are just scratching the surface, it is clear that these companies are going above and beyond to create a culture that is comfortable and empowering for all employees.
Check out the winners in this region as well as some of the amazing things their wellness programs have provided their employees.
0 to 1499 Employees
1st Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP– 1262 Employees
Akin Gump is a global law firm with more than 1700 lawyers, advisors, and support staff who pride themselves on providing dedicated service to their clients and communities. Since launching their onsite Mental Health Advisor offering in 2018, the firm has seen year-over-year growth in utilization and engagement. This was particularly noticeable during the imposed lockdown of COVID-19, when they largely expanded their connectability via online sessions. Since 2019, they witnessed a 144% increase in total engagements.
“Recently, I have had a lot of deadlines, which brings about a fair amount of stress. I want to be able to do excellent work, support my coworkers, and meet all requested timelines. Amidst this, I made the time to do two of the ‘Ignite Your Life’ series – Sleep Mode and Anxiety Antidote. I still feel stress but these two practices have helped me to pause and breathe deeply for a short period when I am really feeling the pressure. This helps calm my mind and lets me more easily break down what is needed immediately, so I can focus on that rather than worry about all of the things bearing down on me.” – Anonymous
2nd WRNS Studios– 180 Employees
Founded in 2005, WRNS Studio is an architecture, interiors, and urban design firm. Their multidisciplinary team collaborates across four offices in San Francisco, Honolulu, Seattle, and New York. WRNS Studio works with some of today’s most transformative organizations to steward their brands with exceptional planning, architecture, and interior design. Their portfolio includes work in a wide range of project types: workplace, education, civic and cultural, large scale mixed-use, healthcare, residential, and interior design. Across all project types, scales and contexts, their approach is informed by three ideals: beauty, sustainability, and a positive contribution to the public realm. As long-time advocates for sustainable design, they explore ways to conserve resources while promoting health and well-being
“Sleep has always been difficult for me. Normally I can never stay asleep long enough for me to wake up and feel well rested. When our Wellness Team decided to do a Sleep Campaign, I jumped at the chance to learn more tips and tricks.The sleep seminar and the email notifications with sleep facts really drove in the reminder to value our health. When they provided us with the Sleep Journal, I really stepped up my sleep health with the most important tip – consistency. When I’m consistent with my Sleep Journal and the other tips WRNS provided, I sleep so much better." – Nayda Medina, Studio Assistant
3rd Squarespace– 1440 Employees
Squarespace is a leading all-in-one website building and ecommerce platform that enables millions to build a brand and transact with their customers in an impactful and beautiful online presence. Their team of more than 1400 is headquartered in downtown New York City, with offices in Dublin, Ireland, and Portland, Oregon.
“I’m impressed with Squarespace’s acknowledgement of mental health. There are several services included with our benefits that support employees’ mental health such as the Headspace meditation app, Healthjoy benefits platform, Talkspace, and Ginger. There’s also an Employee Assistance Program, which offers a wide variety of confidential assistance. I’ve never worked anywhere where people could have conversations about mental health so openly, much less having formal programs in place to support mental health. I feel like I can be unashamed of who I am and that goes a long way. I spent many years pushing myself to the limit mentally (and physically) in order to get ahead.” -Anonymous
4th Schrödinger, Inc.
5th Henderson Engineers- 931 Employees
1500 to 4999 Employees
1st BankUnited, N.A.– 1600 Employees
BankUnited, N.A., a wholly-owned subsidiary of BankUnited, Inc., is one of the largest independent depository institutions headquartered in Florida. They provide a broad range of consumer and commercial banking products and services to individuals, small businesses, middle-market companies, large corporations, and institutions. BankUnited operates multiple banking centers throughout Florida and New York.
“I have been engaged in the BankUnited Employee Wellness Program since its inception and encourage my teams to do the same. The programs, resources, fitness center, and 1:1 life coaching have helped me maintain a work-life balance that is critical to managing my day-to-day operations. I use the fitness center and have taken part in a number of virtual webinars, particularly during the COVID-19 lockdowns. The EAP has, and will continue to be, an important part of my life. I am grateful to have access to these wonderful resources through our employer.” – Ray Barbone, EVP of Bank Operations
2nd AAA Northeast– 2909 Employees
One of the largest and most innovative membership organizations in North America, AAA Northeast is a nonprofit auto club with locations spanning six states. They are a multi-business organization, that provides millions of AAA members with reliable roadside service, in addition to specialized services like Loans and Banking, Insurance, Travel, Discounts, and Driver Training. As they continue to expand and redefine their products and services, their mission remains the same: creating the best experiences for AAA members.
Kevin Fish of AAA Northeast stated that “AAA Northeast’s rebates and wellness portal were key to my weight loss success. I used a health coach to help me conquer my day-to-day challenges as I began my weight loss journey. The resources available at AAA are simply AMAZING and they were NO cost to me. I received $125 each year for my weight loss rebate; I simply logged into the portal everyday and had access to free health coaching, menu and calorie information, and SO much more. Today I have lost over 50 pounds and I am healthier and stronger in mind, body, and spirit because of AAA!” - Kevin Fish Organizational Trainer
3rd Gilbane Building Company– 3355 Employees
Founded in 1870, Gilbane Inc., headquartered in Providence, RI, is one of the largest privately held, family-owned, globally integrated construction, real estate, and facility management services in the industry. Gilbane recently celebrated their 150th anniversary in 2020.
When asked what Gilbane’s wellness program has provided employees with Michelle Paerson, Director of HR, said, “Being a healthy mom and wife is my most important overall goal. Through the annual blood work requirement, I have become familiar with my ‘numbers. Prior to being in the wellness program, my doctor would order tests but I wouldn’t see or discuss the results unless there was a problem. With the wellness program, these numbers are visible to me so I can discuss them with my doctor and compare year after year. Through the wellness program, I am able to receive reimbursement for my fitness expenses to Orangetheory Fitness®. This membership has helped me reduce body fat and extra pounds. And a few years ago, I participated in a wellness step challenge that had me logging more miles than I ever thought possible. I learned that I can accomplish more than I initially thought and this learning transferred into other areas of my life. The well-being program has made my health an ongoing conversation and a priority.” - Michelle Paterson Director of HR
4th MongoDB – 2056 Employees
5th Marcum LLP- 2734 Employees
1st U-Haul International– 14021 Employees
U-Haul has been the No. 1 choice of do-it-yourself movers, with a network of more than 23,000 locations across all 50 states and 10 Canadian provinces. Their customers' patronage has enabled the U-Haul fleet to grow to approximately 176,000 trucks, 126,000 trailers, and 46,000 towing devices. U-Haul offers nearly 825,000 rentable storage units and 71.6 million square feet of self-storage space at owned and managed facilities throughout North America. U-Haul has also been recognized as one of the top 100 Healthiest Workplaces in America.
"The Shoen Center (U-Haul’s new wellness center) has improved both my mental and physical health. It brings back a college campus feel for me, and I have really enjoyed using the basketball court and meeting new colleagues,” said an anonymous employee.
“I never had a primary care doctor, so having the Healthier You Clinic is extremely convenient. Overall, everything the well-being program has done has helped increase my quality of life." said another anonymous
2nd Northwell Health– 79278 Employees
Northwell Health is New York State’s largest healthcare provider and private employer, with 23 hospitals, more than 665 outpatient facilities, and 70,000 employees. Since it was founded in 1997, the non-profit organization has evolved into a vast clinical, educational, and research enterprise, providing world-class service, truly compassionate care, and cutting-edge innovation. Each year, they care for more than two million people across the metro New York area and beyond, including almost 39,000 births, over 635,000 emergency visits, and 832,000 home health visits. They serve one of the most diverse communities in the country, with more than 175 languages spoken in their service area. At Northwell Health, thei mission, vision, and values continue to remain central to the success of our brand and who they are. They always strive to innovate and transform the future of health, wellness, and quality of life.
“The Employee Wellness team supports Northwell’s growing workforce – including full-time, part-time, per-diem, union, and non-union team members. The programs are not tied to benefits and are available to all. We take a holistic approach to the health and well-being of our team members including physical, mental/emotional, social, spiritual, and financial well-being. We believe that collaboration with our internal and external partners is the key to our success. Whether it is our partnership with our Wellness Liaisons and Wellness Champions or internal departments, including Employee + Family Assistance Program, Center for Traumatic Stress, Resilience and Recovery, Employee Experience, Total Well-Being Benefits team, and many more, we have created a robust network to address the well-being of our team members” - Pat Flynn AVP of Wellness
3rd CBIZ – 5192 Employees
CBIZ provides professional business services in accounting, tax and advisory services, and benefits and insurance services. They offer national-caliber resources and expertise combined with highly personalized service delivered at the local level. CBIZ has 100 offices and over 5,000 team members throughout the U.S., serving organizations of all sizes, as well as individual clients. Financial services include accounting and tax, financial advisory, valuation, litigation support, risk and advisory, real estate advisory, and government healthcare consulting. Benefits and insurance services include group health benefits consulting, payroll, HRIS technology, property and casualty, retirement plan consulting, payroll, and talent and compensation.
"All my life, I’ve loved to fish, boat, golf, and play guitar. For years when I did these activities, I’d enjoy a cigar. I didn’t smoke cigarettes, just cigars. Eventually, the frequency crept up. I started noticing there was always a cigar involved, even when I was just driving in the car or tinkering in the garage. It was becoming more of a habit than I wanted — or needed. My CBIZ benefits included the Quit for Life® smoking cessation program. I enrolled in Quit for Life, and I found the program to be a great way to hold myself accountable. I was paired with a Quit Coach® who provided a custom Quit Plan and connected regularly with me. Quit for Life gave me the tools I needed to be successful. In 2018 I completed the program and never looked back. I encourage anyone to course correct to be healthy enough to one day enjoy retirement!” - Anonymous
4th CGI Technologies & Solutions, Inc.- 13426 Employees
5th Westgate Resorts- 6100 Employees
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