October 31, 2023
In partnership with Springbuk, we are excited to announce our honorees for the 2023 Healthiest Employers of Nebraska.
All applicants were considered for our Healthiest 100 Workplaces America award which was announced on October 4.
Congratulations to this year’s finalists!
*Please note that employee counts are based on full-time employees.
1,000 to 4,999 Employees
1st Syngenta – Greensboro, North Carolina (Local Office: Omaha) – 4,435 Employees
Syngenta is a leading agriculture company helping to improve global food security by enabling millions of farmers to make better use of available resources. Syngenta emphasizes its Reaping Rewards Wellness Program, which allows employees to accumulate points for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. This program takes a holistic approach, addressing mind, body, and spirit to promote overall well-being. It aims to engage employees at various stages of their health and fitness journey, ensuring positive benefits for everyone. The program offers the opportunity to earn up to $300 annually for participating in healthy behaviors, making it a significant incentive.
Syngenta has adopted a comprehensive approach to tackle mental health issues within the company. They introduced Mental Health Safety Leadership Training, equipping leaders with tools to support colleagues' well-being. Over 400 leaders in the North American region have undergone this practical training. Another version of this training has also been made available to all Syngenta employees. Additionally, the company has organized employee webinars where internal leaders share their mental health experiences, alongside mental health professionals offering coping strategies. These initiatives aim to promote proactive mental health care, encourage support for others, and normalize discussions about mental health. Further discussions and mental health safety training are planned throughout the year.
They provide five covered sessions through their Employee Assistance Program and cover 100% of mental health costs outside of medication through health insurance. The company has also introduced flexible work schedules and a new vacation policy, granting all employees 30 vacation days per year, with a mandatory 15 days to be used. These measures are designed to enhance work-life balance and support employees in leading fulfilling and productive lives. Syngenta is committed to addressing mental health through a multifaceted approach.
2nd JE Dunn Construction – Kansas City, Missouri (Local Office: Omaha) – 4,197 Employees
3rd Union Bank & Trust – Lincoln – 1,077 Employees
4th MMC Corp – Overland Park, Kansas (Local Office: Omaha) – 1,873 Employees
5,000 to 9,999 Employees
1st Nelnet – Lincoln – 7,198 Employees
Nelnet is a service company specializing in consumer finance, telecommunications, and K-12 and higher education. Based in Lincoln, Nebraska, with offices around the globe, their 8,500+ associates work together to serve our communities and make customers’ dreams possible.
Nelnet has emphasized the importance of biometric screenings since 2006, and their aging cohort group continues to show improvement in health metrics through participation in their unique wellness program. The program is designed to be flexible, offering both outcome and participation-based elements and incentives to support well-being on individuals' terms. Nelnet's wellness initiative is personalized, aiming to meet individuals where they are on their health journey without imposing a one-size-fits-all approach.
A distinctive feature of Nelnet's wellness program is the Elite Wellness Experience. Initiated three years ago, this program rewards associates who meet annual health screening goals and engage with the wellness platform. A random selection of 50 associates is granted a "trip of a lifetime" to hike a 14er, promoting teamwork and mental fortitude by pushing participants to their physical limits.
Amid heightened awareness of the mental health resource shortage in the United States due to the pandemic, Nelnet is actively challenging its current vendors to optimize their offerings and leverage programs. The company regularly raises awareness about mental health resources through quarterly newsletters, company-wide emails, and campaigns. Notably, their Employee Assistance Program (EAP) sees significant utilization, exceeding 70%. This success is attributed to the diverse promotion methods, including internal portals, webinars, leadership presentations, and email communications, underscoring the commitment to making mental health support accessible and well-utilized among employees.
2nd Genuine McCarthy Enterprises, Inc. – St. Louis, Missouri (Local Office: Omaha) – 6,469 Employees
3rd Prime Therapeutics – Eagan, Minnesota (Local Office: Omaha) – 6,486 Employees
4th Terracon, Inc – Olathe, Kansas (Local Office: Omaha, Lincoln) – 5,554 Employees
1st U-Haul International – Phoenix, Arizona (Multiple Local Offices) – 17,170 Employees
Since 1945, U-Haul has been the number one choice of do-it-yourself movers, with a network of more than 23,000 locations across all 50 states and 10 Canadian provinces. U-Haul is the third largest self-storage operator in North America and offers 876,000 rentable storage units and 75.1 million square feet of self-storage space at owned and managed facilities. U-Haul has been recognized repeatedly as a leading “Best for Vets” employer and was recently named one of the 15 Healthiest Workplaces in America.
In 2022, U-Haul introduced Virta to its benefits package, initially focusing on the Type 2 diabetes program. The outstanding outcomes prompted them to expand offerings to encompass all three Virta programs: Type 2 diabetes, pre-diabetes, and obesity reversal. Virta's research-based approach effectively and sustainably reverses these conditions without medication or surgery-related risks, costs, or side effects. The program leads to lowered A1c levels, weight loss, and reduced or eliminated insulin use. Since implementing Virta, participants enrolled in the treatment plan have experienced an average reduction in insulin usage by 54% and collectively shed over 3,200 pounds.
To further support mental well-being, U-Haul introduced a Mindset App Reimbursement program in 2022, covering mindfulness, breathwork, and meditation techniques. Executive leadership actively promotes these benefits and encourages team members to utilize them and seek the help they need. The onsite medical clinic integrates mental health benefits into its services, with providers trained to assist team members in accessing the appropriate resources.
2nd Lincoln Financial Group – Radnor, Pennsylvania (Local Office: Omaha) – 11,272 Employees
3rd Banner Health – Phoenix, Arizona (Local Office: Ogallala) – 54,294 Employees