2023 Healthiest Employers of Greater Washington D.C. and Baltimore

Oct. 18, 2023‍ – In partnership with Springbuk, we are excited to announce our honorees for the 2023 Healthiest Employers of Greater D.C. and Baltimore.

2023 Healthiest Employers of Greater Washington D.C. and Baltimore

Oct. 18, 2023

In partnership with Springbuk, we are excited to announce our honorees for the 2023 Healthiest Employers of Greater D.C. and Baltimore.

All applicants were considered for our Healthiest 100 Workplaces America award which was announced on October 4

88.9% of these companies surveyed are on a hybrid schedule where employees are in the office on specific days. 11.1% work onsite or in-person and 0 companies are fully remote. 

Additionally, some notable statistics from this year’s groups include:

  • 77.8% offer tuition reimbursement opportunities to advance education
  • 72.2% have career satisfaction surveys
  • 55.6% provide stipends so employees can attend training, conferences, or seminars
  • 33.3% have introduced “no meeting” days/times each week

Congratulations to this year’s finalists!

*Please note that employee counts are based on full-time employees. 

50 to 499 Employees

1st MRIGlobal – Kansas City, Missouri (Local Office: Gaithersburg) – 417 Employees

MRIGlobal is a long-standing scientific research organization with over 70 years of experience, focusing on creating solutions for a safer, healthier, and more sustainable world. Specializing in areas such as national defense, global health, energy, environment, agriculture and food safety, and transportation. The organization is committed to community participation and stewardship, actively engaging in business outreach, civic and community projects, educational outreach, and charitable initiatives to address tough challenges.

MRIGlobal offers a distinctive retirement plan, featuring a 100% match up to 8% of contributions. This plan has been well-received with 31% of employees reaching their retirement savings goals as of September 2022, surpassing the national benchmark of 7.1% and the top 10% of retirement plans at 17%. The company's achievement in this area was acknowledged with the 2022 Plan Sponsor of the Year award in the non-profit category, a recognition previously bestowed upon prestigious institutions such as Yale and Howard Universities.

At MRIGlobal, there is a strong commitment to prioritizing the mental health and well-being of employees. In 2022, the company implemented various initiatives, including distributing Mental Health Awareness bags with awareness-raising items, hosting activities like mental health Bingo and a book club discussion, and collaborating with the Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging Committee to ensure community involvement. The organization provides comprehensive mental health benefits for employees and their families, offering 24/7 access to no-cost resources, a Mindful advocate for therapy options, and reviewed bereavement policies. Additionally, MRIGlobal supports community outreach by donating resources to assisted living facilities near its main offices, showcasing a dedicated commitment to employee well-being.

2nd Aimco – Denver, Colorado (Local Office: Washington, D.C.) – 61 Employees
3rd American Speech-Language-Hearing Association – Rockville – 298 Employees
4th Gentle Giant Moving Company – Winchester, Massachusetts (Local Office: Washington, D.C.) – 497 Employees

500 to 1499 Employees

1st Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP – Washington, D.C. – 1,406 Employees

Since 1945, Akin has served clients, providing creative, effective transactional, litigation, and public policy counsel and representation. From a single office and two lawyers in Dallas, the firm has grown to 19 offices spanning the U.S., Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, and a diverse workforce of more than 900 lawyers, working alongside clients to address challenges and achieve goals where they live and work.

Akin recognizes that well-being encompasses various aspects such as physical and mental health, financial stability, family welfare, and community engagement. One notable example of their tailored approach is the Fitness and Well-Being Reimbursement program. In 2022, the monthly reimbursement allowance was increased from $35 to $50. More significantly, the range of eligible expenses was greatly expanded. Initially covering expenses related only to gym memberships and fitness equipment, the program now includes a wide array of fitness and sports equipment, wellness monitors, classes, coaching, memberships, well-being apps, healthy sleep solutions, and self-care resources.

In addition to the reimbursement program, Akin offers other innovative benefits such as access to on-site mental health advisors. These initiatives underline Akin's commitment to fully supporting their personnel by addressing their unique needs and circumstances.

2nd Walker & Dunlop – Bethesda – 1,395 Employees
3rd Element Fleet – Sparks – 1,300 Employees

1500 to 4999 Employees

1st Gilbane – Providence, Rhode Island (Local Office: Baltimore) – 3,005 Employees

Gilbane is one of the largest privately held, family-owned, globally integrated construction and real estate development and facility management services in the industry. The company celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2022.

Gilbane provides a comprehensive and inclusive benefits package to cater to employees' diverse needs and their families. They've partnered with WINFertility to support family-building paths. This includes removing barriers to infertility diagnosis and expanding their Adoption Assistance Program to encompass surrogacy support. 

Gilbane recognizes the construction industry's mental health challenges and has implemented a comprehensive mental health program. They offer counseling, coaching, and resources through medical insurance and EAP. Gilbane promotes work-life balance, flexible arrangements, and manager training for mental health awareness. Their "Mental Health Program" follows nine practices, including engaging leadership, open discussions, empowering well-being, peer support, and crisis management. Gilbane prioritizes a supportive work culture to ensure employees' mental well-being is valued and supported.

2nd Venable LLP – Baltimore – 1,653 Employees
3rd 2U Inc. – Lanham – 2,593 Employees
4th Marcum LLP – New York, New York (Local Office: Washington, D.C.) – 3,503 Employees 

5000+ Employees

1st Bon Secours Mercy Health – Cincinnati, Ohio (Local Office: Baltimore) – 39,335 Employee

Bon Secours Mercy Health is leading the way in strategically and nimbly transforming health care delivery and services. Long renowned for providing compassionate, high-value health care through its hospitals and clinical sites in the U.S. and Ireland, the ministry is actively extending healthcare access, enhancing outcomes, and driving value through emerging technologies, investments, and partnerships across four areas of focus.

The Caring for Our Own Hardship Fund aids associates facing financial difficulties due to unforeseen circumstances, emergencies, or catastrophic events. It operates on donations from associates, fostering community support during times of need and providing financial literacy resources. The program, which has assisted over 3,000 associates, offers coaching, mentoring, and resources, emphasizing financial sustainability. BSMH analyzes data on hardship causation and trends, creating a Hardship Toolkit for market-specific assistance. Financial literacy is a priority, with coaching opportunities and online courses. The program is inclusive, offering resources and support to all associates, creating a comprehensive and diverse community for hardship recovery, and addressing mental and spiritual health impacts through collaboration with various ministry teams.

BSMH prioritizes the holistic well-being of its associates, acknowledging the importance of mental health. The organization has established various resources to support mental health, including a traditional Employee Assistance Program (EAP) offering counseling, legal, substance abuse, and financial support. The "Caring for Colleagues" initiative provides a peer-to-peer support network for associates experiencing burnout or compassion fatigue. Additionally, the "Joyages" app-based resiliency program offers micro-courses to improve mental health, with positive outcomes observed, such as a 2% improvement in Flourishing Index scores and a 31% improvement in brain health assessment scores among participating associates. The organization also provides "Breathe and Be Well" meditations for brief moments of pause and recentering.

2nd Montgomery County Public Schools – Rockville – 22,000 Employees
3rd U-Haul International – Phoenix, Arizona (Multiple Local Offices) – 17,170 Employees
4th CBIZ – Cleveland, Ohio (Local Office: Baltimore, Washington, D.C.) – 6,471 Employees