2022 Healthiest Employers of Tennessee

September 13, 2022 – In partnership with Springbuk, we are excited to announce our honorees for the 2022 Healthiest Employers of Tennessee. The Great Resignation has left many companies short-staffed and burnt out, but the policies put in place have helped combat these challenges and earned them a spot on this list. Employers have had to think outside of the box when it comes to workplace wellness, as the past few years have provided many challenges to the modern American office.

2022 Healthiest Employers of Tennessee

2022 Finalists

September 13, 2022

In partnership with Springbuk, we are excited to announce our honorees for the 2022 Healthiest Employers of Tennessee. 

The Great Resignation has left many companies short-staffed and burnt out, but the policies put in place have helped combat these challenges and earned them a spot on this list. Employers have had to think outside of the box when it comes to workplace wellness, as the past few years have provided many challenges to the modern American office. 

Data from our survey this year indicates that Tennessee applicants:

  • 94% of applicants have at least 70% of their employees enrolled in their medical plan
  • 83% provide tuition reimbursement programs for employees
  • 44% are on a hybrid schedule model 
  • 33% offer at least 7 weeks of paid maternity leave
  • 28% of wellness programs have been in place for more than 15 years

Each of these applicants took place in our corporate assessment, which 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. All applicants are automatically entered into the Healthiest 100 Workplaces in America award. The 2022 winners will be announced October 5! Remember to like us on LinkedIn to stay up-to-date on all things Healthiest Employers!

100 to 499 Employees

1st Ungerboeck – Dardenne Prairie, Missouri (Local Office: Knoxville) – 255 Employees

For more than 35 years, Ungerboeck has served as the event industry’s technology leader, driving innovation and helping organizations adapt to emerging trends. They provide an end-to-end event and venue management software solution with CRM, booking, registration, mobile, websites, reporting, and financial tools to help clients achieve their goals and enhance business processes. 

To address mental health issues, Ungerboeck provides employees with free counseling resources on topics such as managing grief, family caregiving, mindfulness, and stress by addressing all components of wellness including financial, mental, and physical health. Through their partnership with Vitality, employee engagement is 204% above Vitality's benchmark scores, a 26% increase from the previous year. 

“With our wellness program, I have been able to focus on my activity levels, nutrition, and my sleep health. Through support, encouragement, and goal setting, my lifestyle has changed for the better. Our wellness coach, Tina Nelson, has an approach that sees us as a whole person and treats wellness holistically. She checks on our mental health, our physical well-being, and our family’s wellness. Tina’s approach to mind, body, and spirit resonates through every interaction you have with her.” – Anonymous Ungerboek Employee

2nd Trailer Bridge – Jacksonville, Florida (Local Office: Nashville) – 239 Employees

Trailer Bridge is a transportation company that provides ocean carriage, integrated logistics, and trucking services. They work to coordinate, collaborate, and identify solutions that best fit supply chain needs. 

Trailer Bridge believes that well-being is not limited to physical health, which is why they have cultivated a work culture that ensures employees are happy and healthy every day. Their benefits package not only includes health, dental, and vision insurance, but also provides employees with access to counseling, legal support, and financial planning resources. Additionally, they offer paid maternity and paternity leave for new parents, as well as “Pawternity Leave” to care for new pets in the home. 

"Culture is at the forefront of everything we do here. That includes taking care of each other. Whether it’s through group exercise classes, coaching, or just having open and honest communication with one another, our priority is providing an environment where our team members can thrive. We continue to remain committed to our employees, investing in them and fostering a culture of exceptional well-being so they may in turn continue to offer outstanding service to our customers.” – Mitch Luciano, CEO

500 to 1499 Employees

1st MEDHOST of Tennessee, Inc. – Franklin – 571 Employees

MEDHOST provides market-leading enterprise, departmental, and healthcare engagement solutions to healthcare facilities nationwide. Their integrated product portfolio includes intuitive, cloud-based clinical, financial, and operational solutions to change how clinicians and hospital leaders collaborate and work together.

Their comprehensive partnership with Cigna and Voya encompasses their holistic approach to wellness in 5 key categories – physical, emotional, environmental, social, and financial. These programs offer resources, education, and assistance to assist with every aspect of the associates' and their families' overall health and well-being. Last year, MEDHOST saw a 12% decrease in total claims and continues to see below market average turnover rates for the technology industry. 

“Our associate experience and culture at MEDHOST are core pillars and vital to the company’s overall success. Just as we have experienced over the last couple of years, the world will continue to evolve and the needs and expectations of existing and future employees will be fluid and dynamic. We’ve learned to be intentional knowing our associate’s wellbeing has and will continue to be, at the forefront.” – Ken Misch, President

2nd Messer Construction Corporation – Cincinnati, Ohio (Local Offices: Knoxville and Nashville) – 1333 Employees

Messer Construction Corporation creates stunning buildings and stronger communities through a commitment to safety, quality, innovation, and diversity. As an employee-owned, commercial construction company, Messer provides construction management and general contracting services to customers across five states.

Messer believes one of their most important benefits is their financial wellness tool LearnLux. LearnLux reaches employees at all stages of life, educates them about their benefits, and helps them make the right financial choices. Their mobile-friendly tools and resources allow confidential access to a Certified Financial Planner and monthly webinars that highlight the specific topic that they choose. 

“Our continued increase in the engagement of our financial wellness vendor excites me the most! We have a diverse population of employees from new graduates to those entering the retirement phase of their careers. LearnLux has been able to provide personalized advice for each unique situation. This benefit truly fits all of our employees and all of their individual life decisions.” – Theresa Cappel, Human Resources Director

3rd Henderson Engineers – Lenexa, Kansas (Local Office: Franklin) – 931 Employees

Henderson Engineers is a national building systems design firm with a wide array of engineering services and a portfolio representing a wide range of markets including business, community, retail, healthcare, and venue. 

Recently, Henderson Engineers has placed a larger emphasis on acceptance and belonging, which are critical for psychological well-being. Their focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) has led to the inception of affinity groups such as one for people of color, one for employees in the LGBTQIA+ community, and gender equality. These groups provide support networks for those who share similar backgrounds and serve as a resource for those struggling. 

“I’ve been at Henderson for nearly 15 years, and it’s been amazing to see our well-being program grow and evolve during that time. While we were mostly focused on physical well-being at the beginning, we have progressively expanded into social well-being, mental well-being, financial well-being, and so much more. We have concrete goals, communication plans, vendor partners, and internal leaders who are focused on ensuring the program is as beneficial as possible. It’s truly inspiring, and what I enjoy most is reviewing our survey data each year and seeing the considerable impact it continues to have on our employees and their loved ones.” – Pam Phillips, HR Operations Director

1400 to 4999 Employees

1st St. Jude Children Research Hospital – Memphis – 4400 Employees

St. Jude is leading the way the world understands, treats, and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. The mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is to advance cures and means of prevention, for catastrophic pediatric diseases through research and treatment. 

Their monthly report of wellness portal engagement, utilization, and aggregate claims data helps prove the value of their programming. Data is an important factor in the strategic planning of their wellness programs and they pay close attention to chronic conditions, comorbidities, prescription and medical claims, gaps in care, utilization cost, and other relevant outcomes. 

“St. Jude employees drive our mission to find cures and save children. The work is fulfilling but also demanding. Our Living Well brand uses a multidimensional approach that allows us to offer programs that cover aspects of wellness ranging from enriched mental/emotional health services to financial wellness. It embraces new technologies and more social practices like our wellness ambassador network, allowing us to connect as our campus expands. The last two years in healthcare proved the value of wellness to our institution and the importance of agility in our program design. Our approach is dynamic, allowing us to quickly add and modify our services based on the needs of our employees. This approach enables us to respond to what our people need today and positions us to respond to whatever the future may bring.” – Dana Bottenfield, Senior Vice President of Human Resources

2nd Faith Technologies Incorporated (FTI) – Menasha, Wisconsin (Local Office: Nashville) – 2594 Employees

FTI is an organization comprised of three divisions with expertise in engineering, construction, manufacturing, and clean energy. Their unique structure helps us provide our partners with comprehensive, future-proof solutions that make an impact and create growth across industries and communities.

With a growing need to raise awareness around mental health concerns, improve well-being and create a supportive, healthy environment, FTI created a Culture of Care to help support the well-being of employees. Through this initiative, FTI implemented a paid time off benefit known as “Time to Recharge,” where employees have time off monthly to use toward self-care, personal development, or professional health services. 83% of employees have taken advantage of this benefit, totaling 13,000 additional PTO hours. 

“In early 2020, I began to realize that I was substantially overweight at 276 lbs. I had allergy-induced asthma and was diagnosed with both prehypertension and high blood pressure. I began tracking my habits, logging my steps, and participating in the step challenges at work. When we finished the challenge, I was part of the top 20 out of over 130 individual participants and I had lost 16 pounds. With that momentum, I started eating healthier, drinking more water, and using some of the tips from the Virgin Pulse wellness cards. I used the momentum and competitive spirit to continue to eat well and exercise daily. By April 2021, I had lost 71 pounds in 14 months. I am also no longer considered prehypertensive!” – James Ramsey, National Safety Director

3rd Sumner County Board of Education – Gallatin – 4900 Employees

We are an educational institution designed to provide learning spaces and learning environments for the teaching of students (or "pupils") covering all levels including preschool (for toddlers), kindergarten, elementary school, middle or junior high school, and high school under the guidelines and direction of state and federal laws.

Sumner County’s priority is to create wellness programming that is diverse and inclusive for all of the County’s employees. As mental health continues to be on the forefront of employers’ minds, the continued promotion of their clinic counseling options has helped increase usage. 43% of employees diagnosed with major depression have engaged in the clinic and their specialized team of counselors, therapists, and certified psychiatric nurse practitioners. 

“We are most excited at offering our employees a comprehensive and competitive Benefit and Wellness program. Our Total Benefit Reward package is one of the best in Tennessee and has proven to be a positive recruiting and retention tool. Our goal is for our Wellness program to positively impact our employees and their family’s health and happiness.” – Amanda Brown, Chief Financial Officer

4th JE Dunn Construction – Kansas City, Missouri (Local Office: Nashville) – 4197 Employees
5th Nabholz Construction Corporation – Conway, Arkansas (Local Office: Portland) – 1200 Employees

5000 to 9999 Employees

1st CBIZ – Cleveland, Ohio (Local Offices: Brentwood, Knoxville, and Morristown) – 5192 Employees

CBIZ provides professional business services in accounting, tax, and advisory services, and benefits and insurance services. While headquartered in Ohio, CBIZ has a large presence in the St. Louis area, with many employees calling it their home.

CBIZ listens to the needs of its employees and is constantly striving to better its programs. After utilizing the same Employee Assistance Program provider for over 20 years, they pushed to find a new provider that could handle the increasing needs of their population with more virtual resources all across the nation. This is extremely important, as their business model is set up so that employers are considered local, trusted advisors to the communities they both live in and serve. They strive to make their programs consistent for all team members, no matter where they are in the country.

“Never before have we appreciated the impact of our multi-faceted approach to wellness. Whether their need was for safety, health, mental wellbeing, stability, predictability or access, we’re so proud that our approach to health and wellness met each team member's needs and provided them with the support they well deserve.” – Gretchen Farrell, Chief Human Resources Officer

2nd Westgate Resorts – Orlando, Florida (Local Office: Gatlinburg) – 6100 Employees

Westgate Resorts is one of the largest privately held timeshare companies in the world and serves as one of the largest resort developers in the United States.  The company is headquartered in Orlando, Florida with 27 themed destination resorts nationwide featuring more than 14,500 luxury villas and hotel rooms in popular resort destinations.

Westgate Wellness provides our Team Members an easy and convenient way to stay on top of their health through onsite biometric screenings, the employee assistance program, and one-on-one personalized coaching. Based on screening results, 60% of employees that had been identified as recommended for health coaching received guidance after their biometric results. In a recent survey, 98.9% are satisfied with wellness program options. 

“I’m proud of our leadership team for their commitment to our team members' health and wellbeing throughout the pandemic, and the resulting success of our Westgate Wellness program.  We will continue to invest in our people because nothing is more important to us than their health, wellness, and safety.” – Mark Waltrip, Chief Operating Officer

3rd BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee – Chattanooga – 6263 Employees

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee is a taxpaying, not-for-profit health plan serving more than 3.3 million members in Tennessee and around the country. They are dedicated to providing a higher level of service and have spent 75 years partnering with the best healthcare providers to make sure our members and employees can expect quality, affordable care.

During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, BCBS of Tennessee expanded mental health resources to provide adequate care for employees. Some of their additions include violence and abuse resource access, online cognitive behavioral therapy, and a grant program to provide up to $2,500 during times of need. Additionally, they implemented a new BlueCross Flexwork model, which provides greater flexibility and agility for the company to improve work-life balance. 

“At times, everything hinges on how well we feel. We can’t adequately be there for our family, or enjoy our friends, or even feel good about our latest project at work if we have a health or financial concern that’s holding us back. That why our paid benefits and added wellness programs and resources are so important at BlueCross. They help our employees be their best – at work and at home.” – Roy Vaughn, Chief Human Resources Officer

10,000+ Employees

1st U-Haul International – Phoenix, Arizona (Multiple Local Offices) – 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 for the past two years.

One of their most unique benefit offerings, Virta, is a science-backed Type II diabetes reversal program that is offered to anyone on the health plan at no cost. In 2021, U-Haul witnessed $722,730 in prescription savings due to 97% of their population enrolling in the RX Saving Solutions program. Additionally, U-Haul saw 11,000 visits in 2021 for telemedicine, reflecting the growing level of desired access to quality care through telehealth offerings. In 2021, U-Haul opened their onsite fitness center, the Shoen Center, a 54,208-square-foot complex on their headquarters campus in Phoenix. 

"The Shoen 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 colleagues I don’t typically get to engage with. I personally never had a primary care doctor, so having the Healthier You Clinic onsite is extremely convenient for scheduling purposes. Overall, everything the well-being program has done has helped increased my quality of life." - Anonymous U-Haul Employee

2nd Dollar General Corporation – Goodlettsville – 100,000 Employees

Dollar General Corporation has been delivering value to shoppers for more than 80 years. Dollar General helps shoppers “Save time. Save money. Every day.®” by offering products that are frequently used and replenished, such as food, snacks, health and beauty aids, cleaning supplies, basic apparel, housewares, and seasonal items at everyday low prices.. Dollar General operated 18,356 stores in 47 states as of April 29, 2022. In addition to high-quality private brands, Dollar General sells products from America's most-trusted manufacturers such as Clorox, Energizer, Procter & Gamble, Hanes, Coca-Cola, Mars, Unilever, Nestle, Kimberly-Clark, Kellogg's, General Mills, and PepsiCo. 

The opportunity to build a long-term career at DG is one of the most important currencies the company offers to attract and retain talent. Dollar General’s growing network of stores and distribution centers provide a pathway for career advancement within the organization, evidenced by the fact that approximately 75% of current lead store associates and above are internally placed. This is demonstrated by our strong pathway for success for entry-level employees who, on average, can be promoted from a part-time sales associate to an assistant manager in just one year. Dollar General’s wellness program works to educate and support employees in maintaining a healthy lifestyle to mitigate these major risks. This program’s results exemplify positive contributions Dollar General’s broader benefits and wellness programs provide to employees.

“After smoking cigarettes for more than 40 years, I’ve tried to quit numerous times. However, with much excitement, I’m so thrilled to say I’m coming up on my two months of completely eradicating smoking and nicotine from my daily habits. I’m able to breathe, smell, and taste better than I can remember. I owe it not only to myself for the will power and inner strength to stop this nasty habit, but I thank my employer, Dollar General, for providing me the ability to have the health insurance I have which includes their impactful wellness program! Above all, I wish to thank my wellness coach, Suzy, for her continued support in cheering me on and always being there for me when I need it. Everything in life is just so much better!” – Anonymous Dollar General Employee

3rd BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina – Columbia, South Carolina (Local Office: Nashville) – 11,120 Employees</