2023 Healthiest Employers of Tennessee

August 17, 2023‍ – In partnership with Springbuk, we are excited to announce our honorees for the 2023 Healthiest Employers of Tennessee.

2023 Healthiest Employers of Tennessee
August 17, 2023

In partnership with Springbuk, we are excited to announce our honorees for the 2023 Healthiest Employers of Tennessee.

Four of these organizations – Faith Technologies Incorporated, Garver, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital,  and U-Haul International – 2022 Healthiest 100 Workplaces America award. We will announce the 2023 award winners in October of this year.

83.3% of the Tennessee companies surveyed are on a hybrid schedule where employees are in the office on specific days. 16.7% work onsite or in-person and 0 companies are fully remote

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

  • 88.9% incorporate wellness into company values
  • 77.8% offer career planning meetings or courses for employees to advance in the workplace
  • 38.9% have mental health first aid training opportunities to help support co-workers experiencing mental health crises 
  • 33.3% report an onsite clinic for employees and their families
  • 11.1% have introduced an unlimited paid time off policy

Congratulations to this year’s finalists!

*Employee count represents full time employees

250 to 999 Employees

1st MEDHOST of Tennessee, Inc. – Franklin – 575 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, including YourCare Everywhere®, a robust health and wellness consumer engagement platform. 

MEDHOST of Tennessee places a strong emphasis on the "total Employee Experience" as the foundation of their approach. Their strategy is annually planned and encompasses several pillars of well-being including physical, mental, emotional, financial, and environmental. They have prioritized professional and personal development through the utilization of LinkedIn Learning, where they were named a finalist in the LinkedIn Talent Awards in the Health and Wellness Category.

MEDHOST takes a multi-pronged approach to addressing mental health. Regular campaigns, tools, and resources are provided to employees, along with promoting telehealth and the EAP program for mental wellness support. Leadership is updated on new programs, including mental health awareness campaigns, during quarterly management meetings led by HR. Additionally, LinkedIn Learning Champions share content with departmental teams, covering various topics, including mental health education and resources.

2nd Momentus Technologies – Dardenne Prairie, Missouri (Local Office: Knoxville) – 250 Employees

Momentus Technologies is a global provider of industry-leading venue and event management solutions that empower organizations to create extraordinary moments. With over 50,000 users in more than 50 countries, Momentus serves the needs of convention and exhibition centers, higher education, corporate, stadiums and arenas, and arts and culture centers. Its powerful intuitive platform alongside intelligent data-driven solutions and unparalleled expertise provides customers with a view of past, present, and future event operations.

At Momentus Technologies, the commitment to employee well-being is evident through a comprehensive set of programs and benefits. All employees, regardless of their medical coverage choice, are provided fully-funded enrollment in the Employee Assistance Program (EAP), offering invaluable counseling resources spanning topics such as grief management, family caregiving, emotional well-being, mindfulness, and stress management. This holistic approach extends across financial, mental, and physical well-being domains. The company facilitates ongoing access to 401k advisors, with mid-year open offerings accessible to all employees and a noteworthy 401k match of 80% for the first 10% of contributions. 

The presence of a dedicated wellness coach fosters a proactive approach to health. Onsite and virtual fitness training options cater to diverse preferences, while wellness events further engage employees. Additionally, the company bears the cost of an employer-paid health platform, underscoring its investment in employees' physical well-being.

3rd Henderson Engineers – Lenexa, Kansas (Local Office: Franklin) – 905 Employees

Henderson Engineers is a national building systems design firm.

In 2021, Henderson introduced its first "gym" reimbursement initiative, aimed at promoting employee wellness. Henderson's program stands out due to its inclusive nature. Unlike other reimbursement programs, it recognizes that wellness activities are highly individualized. The program's distinctive feature lies in its flexibility, empowering employees to select activities that resonate with their personal preferences. While some might opt for a traditional gym membership, others can choose alternative paths such as home-based meditation or online yoga resources. This adaptability accommodates diverse wellness needs and aligns with Henderson's commitment to employee well-being. 

Additionally, their human resources team incorporates topics related to stress, anxiety, depression, and others into their regular educational sessions. These sessions offer open and honest communication around mental health and provide guidance on how to navigate life’s hurdles.

1,000 to 4,999 Employees

1st Garver – North Little Rock, Arkansas (Local Office: Franklin) – 1,136 Employees

Garver is an employee-owned multi-disciplined engineering, planning, architectural, and environmental services firm. Offering a wide range of services focused on aviation, construction, facilities design, federal, survey, transportation, water, and wastewater, Garver sits in the top 125 of the Engineering News-Record's prestigious Top 500 Design Firms list and is consistently recognized as one of the best firms to work for.

Garver’s culture thrives on maintaining a positive work-life balance for employees. Central to this endeavor is the in-house wellness program, a cornerstone of the company's wellness-oriented ethos. The uniqueness of the in-house approach lies in its personalized touch. Every employee's wellness journey is distinct, with varied priorities and aspirations. By engaging directly with the Wellness Team, employees benefit from tailored programs and individualized attention. This personal connection facilitates genuine behavior change, fostering their health and well-being experience.

In 2023, Garver's Wellness program underwent enhancement through the integration of Asset Health. This addition streamlined the administrative aspects while preserving the program's personalized nature. This innovation reinforces the company's commitment to delivering a customized well-being experience for each employee. Garver's dedication to wellness has also yielded impressive recognition. Achievements such as the WELCOA Well Workplace Platinum status (in 2020 & 2022), a Top 100 Healthiest Employers ranking (#86 in 2022), and being featured in the Returns on Wellbeing Institute for a mental health campaign underscore their commitment. Notably, 94% of employees secured the Wellness insurance premium discount in 2022, surpassing the previous year's 87%.

2nd Faith Technologies Incorporated – Menasha, Wisconsin (Local Office: Nashville) – 2,606 Employees

As a national leader in engineering, construction, manufacturing, and clean energy, Faith Technologies Incorporated (FTI) offers extensive services across three innovative divisions – Faith Technologies, Excellerate, and EnTech Solutions. This dynamic model allows them to provide limitless opportunities for partners and team members and deliver impactful results. 

FTI places great emphasis on the profound influence of healthy choices on one's quality of life. To empower their full and part-time team members in this pursuit, they provide access to the Healthy Lifestyle Reimbursement Program. Under this initiative, FTI offers a $300 reimbursement per family per calendar year, encompassing a wide range of areas such as weight management counseling, healthy cooking support, memberships to nature preserves, participation in run/walk/bike events, gym memberships, exercise classes, home fitness equipment, wearable fitness devices, nicotine cessation classes, sports leagues, standing desks and converters, as well as foot orthotics.

Continual improvement lies at the core of the program's design. FTI actively seeks and integrates direct feedback from employees, aiming to enhance the program's relevance and effectiveness. This iterative approach has led to significant growth since the program's inception in 2012, where it began by reimbursing for three categories and now spans twelve distinct well-being categories. The company's yearly payouts for wellness reimbursements have remarkably risen from $130,000 to $140,000 on average, marking an impressive 900% increase from 2017. This commitment underscores FTI's commitment to supporting and promoting their employees' well-being in a meaningful and tangible way.

3rd JE Dunn Construction – Kansas City, Missouri (Local Office: Nashville) – 4,197 Employees

JE Dunn Construction is a top domestic general building contractor in the U.S. with 26 office locations. Their vision is to be an indispensable business partner by understanding purpose, goals, and their customers' needs and then delivering transformational solutions with certainty of results. 

At JE Dunn, the principle of Families First drives their unique support for employees through the Maternity Management program. With a birthrate surpassing the Blue Cross Blue Shield average by 40%, the program is a pivotal way to ensure optimal outcomes for pregnant employees and their families. This personalized program is designed to guide and assist pregnant employees and their spouses, aiming for healthy results and positive experiences for both mother and baby.

A dedicated maternity health coach accompanies individuals throughout their maternity journey, offering guidance from preconception through postpartum. This comprehensive support includes planning assistance, education, resources, and decision-making aid. This approach significantly enhances the likelihood of a healthy pregnancy, safe delivery, and smooth return to work. The program structure incorporates three prenatal calls and one postpartum call with the health coach, providing continuous support during each phase. The success of the program is evident, with participants receiving a $500 Visa gift card upon completion. The enrollment window has been extended to 26 weeks into pregnancy, expanding support to more families. Looking to the future, the program will include a post-partum depression screening, acknowledging the importance of monitoring maternal and mental health. The program's growth is evident in increased utilization and engagement from 2021 to 2022, with expectations of continued growth driven by enhancements in 2023.

4th United Cleanup Oak Ridge LLC (UCOR) – Oak Ridge – 2,090 Employees

Lead environmental cleanup contractor for the U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge Reservation in Tennessee and is responsible for the deactivation and demolition of former Manhattan Project facilities, soil and groundwater remediation, and waste disposal. In 2019, UCOR introduced the innovative Mission Ready Program, a copyrighted initiative aimed at reducing injuries and illnesses in the workplace. This unique program combines safety, health, and wellness, emphasizing that personal readiness for work is as important as compliance-driven mandates.

The Mission Ready Program revolves around ten key principles: (1) physical fitness; (2) acclimation to the work environment; (3) proper nutrition; (4) hydration; (5) stretching; (6) mental focus; (7) stress management; (8) mindfulness; (9) training; and (10) sufficient rest. By incorporating these tenets, the program complements OSHA's Volunteer Protection Program (VPP) and UCOR's integrated safety management systems. It's designed to support workers in being physically, mentally, and emotionally prepared for their tasks.

The program's launch, spearheaded by a video message from UCOR's president and CEO Ken Rueter, marked a significant company-wide commitment to safety, health, and engagement. Mission Ready serves as a framework for promoting wellness initiatives, enhancing lifestyle behaviors, and empowering employees to prioritize their well-being.

5th Messer Construction Co. – Cincinnati, Ohio (Local Office: Nashville) – 1,373 Employees

Messer Construction Co. is a construction manager and general contractor that creates stunning buildings and stronger communities through a commitment to safety, quality, innovation, and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). 

Two standout benefits within the company are Cancer Expert Now and the partnership with LearnLux for financial wellness. These benefits make a significant impact on employee well-being and support. Cancer Expert Now offers invaluable support to employees and their families in the event of a cancer diagnosis. This benefit connects individuals with expert doctors who provide accurate and up-to-date information specific to their cancer type. This guidance empowers employees to navigate their diagnosis, understand treatment options, and approach their situation with confidence. LearnLux, the financial wellness partner, has transformed the company's approach to financial well-being. Introduced in 2020, this service has remarkably engaged 41% of employees compared to previous offerings. The platform offers self-service tools for budgeting, personal assessment, and educational videos on various financial topics. Additionally, employees have access to certified financial planners confidentially and at no cost. This service benefits all employees across different levels, from entry-level to executives.

5,000 to 9,999 Employees

1st St. Jude Children's Research Hospital – Memphis – 5,500 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 pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Consistent with the vision of our founder Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion, or a family's ability to pay.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital prioritizes its employees' well-being through an all-encompassing approach, offering an array of on-site facilities and services. Their on-site clinic, pharmacy, and fitness center are at the heart of this initiative, providing employees with holistic care options. The on-site clinic is a comprehensive health hub offering primary care, mental health, and lifestyle services. Whether employees are on-site or remote, virtual appointments cater to acute care and mental health needs. The fitness center is equipped with cutting-edge facilities and promotes physical wellness through cardio and weight training equipment, group fitness classes, fitness assessments, and more.

The Living Well Health & Wellness clinic, pharmacy, and fitness teams collaborate in an integrated workflow, ensuring a seamless whole-person care experience. This approach minimizes care gaps, tailors care plans and offers a patient-centered medical home experience. The program's success is evidenced by monthly reports on wellness portal engagement, utilization, and aggregate claims data. Leveraging their claims data warehouse, they analyze chronic conditions, comorbidities, utilization and cost patterns, gaps in care, and other key metrics for program planning and evaluation.

2nd BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee – Chattanooga – 6,495 Employees

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee’s mission is to provide Peace of Mind Through Better Health®. This is especially important to employees and leadership as they work to serve family members, friends, and neighbors within their own communities.

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee is a taxpaying, not-for-profit health plan serving more than 3.4 million members. They are dedicated to providing a higher level of service and have spent the last 75 years partnering with the best healthcare providers to make sure members and employees can expect quality, affordable care.

BlueCross offers year-round wellness resources to help employees maintain balance regardless of their work location. The program focuses on physical, emotional, mental, and financial wellness. Participating employees can make mindful health improvements and qualify for incentives. The program includes in-person and virtual fitness classes, a mobile app called GoBlue, the Fit Minute video series, and WellBe.

3rd Westgate Resorts – Orlando, Florida (Local Office: Gatlinburg) – 6,100 Employees 

Westgate Resorts is one of the largest privately held timeshare companies in the world and is one of the largest resort developers in the United States. The company is headquartered in Orlando, FL with 22 themed destination resorts nationwide featuring more than 10,000 luxury villas and hotel rooms in popular resort destinations.

Westgate has partnered with their Employee Assistance Program (EAP) to organize monthly all-team webinars focusing on wellness topics like mindfulness and resiliency. Their goal is to provide resources and support for team members while also recognizing signs of mental stress, such as absenteeism, lateness, and decreased work quality. They offer EAP resources like Talkspace for virtual therapy, and they've introduced the Resilient Mind and Body Program. This program, spanning 12 weeks, comprises two 15-minute online sessions per week, aiming to help team members and their families manage, reduce, and prevent stress. Access to program videos is available through platforms like Westgate Connect, ADP, and WOW app, making it accessible both at work and at home.

4th CBIZ – Cleveland, Ohio (Local Office: Knoxville) – 6,471 Employees

CBIZ provides professional business services in two key areas – accounting, tax, and advisory services, and benefits and insurance services. 

CBIZ offers an impressive employee stock purchase plan where employees can buy stock at a 15% discount based on trading price. Employees can buy CBIZ stock at a 15% discount based on the current day's trading price. The stock-purchased vests after one year, allowing employees to gain ownership in the company they work for.

Regarding the effectiveness of its wellness plan, CBIZ has experienced a significant reduction in health claims within the "preventative" category year over year. This positive trend is mirrored in their prescription drug plan as well. The proactive efforts to highlight well-being and encourage healthier lifestyles have contributed to these favorable outcomes. Under CBIZ's medical plan, coverage is provided for both in-patient and out-patient mental health care, along with prescription drug coverage. Furthermore, CBIZ supports diversity and inclusion through various employee resource groups, allowing team members to connect with like-minded peers and advocate for aligned causes within the company.

5th Terracon, Inc. – Olathe, Kansas (Local Office: Nashville) – 5,554 Employees

Terracon, Inc. is a construction firm that works to turn big ideas into reality for partners, clients, and employees. 

Terracon is fully committed to an "Incident and Injury Free" approach, ensuring everyone's safety and well-being in a high-stress, injury-prone industry. This value aligns with their "care and concern" mission for employees and families. In 2022, the company placed a strong emphasis on mental and emotional well-being, offering benefits for both personal and professional use. They introduced a unique compassionate leave benefit, allowing up to 24 hours of leave to care for a loved one facing a life-threatening illness, serious injury, end-of-life situations, or bereavement. Additionally, they provided the Calm app for sleep, meditation, and relaxation to employees and their families.

For hourly field employees on a career path, Terracon developed a financial well-being toolkit and offered financial wellness webinars, addressing budgeting, saving, and emergency savings. This is especially vital for employees with variable incomes due to seasonal job fluctuations. Terracon established Wellbeing Champions in each of their 150+ offices. These champions encourage local well-being programs, events, and communication that foster a culture of well-being. Each office is empowered to create local programs supporting physical, social well-being, community involvement, and larger company well-being initiatives.

10,000+ Employees

1st Dollar General Corporation – Goodlettsville – 172,000 Employees

Dollar General Corporation is proud to serve as America’s neighborhood general store. Founded in 1939, Dollar General lives its mission of serving others every day by providing access to affordable products and services for its customers, career opportunities for its employees, and literacy and education support for its hometown communities. As of March 3, 2023, the company had 19,147 Dollar General, DG Market, DGX and pOpshelf stores across the United States and Mi Súper Dollar General stores in Mexico to provide everyday essentials to customers. 

As the nation’s largest retailer by store count, Dollar General is well-positioned to offer competitive benefits and exceptional development opportunities to a significant workforce and communities across the United States. The company places high value on providing employees access to long-term career prospects within the organization, making it a crucial incentive to attract and retain talent. Dollar General leverages its extensive network to create a pathway for career progression within the company. This is demonstrated by the fact that over 75% of employees in lead sales associate positions or higher were promoted from within the company as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year.

Furthermore, Dollar General's expansive store presence and growth trajectory offer employees the unique advantage of benefiting from both employee perks and customer privileges. Employees can access the company's affordable essential products and convenient shopping experience through its storefronts. This dual opportunity underscores the company's commitment to its workforce and customers alike.

2nd BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina – Columbia, South Carolina (Local Office: Nashville) – 11,034 Employees

As the only South Carolina-owned and operated health insurance carrier, they have offered security to members for over 70 years. They offer the largest provider networks in the state, an extensive menu of health plans, discounts, added values and online services to members, and are a major supporter of community and charitable causes.

In the fall of 2022, an annual freek 5K event was held both virtually and in-person for the first time. The virtual option allowed participants outside Columbia, South Carolina to join, while the in-person event took place at a larger building location in Columbia. The event included a 1-Mile Kids Fun Run for dependents aged 5-12 and a 5K for employees, spouses/domestic partners, and dependents. The event offered educational resources such as personalized training plans and tips. Senior leadership contributed by sending encouraging letters to participants and actively engaging on race day. They welcomed participants, ran the race, distributed finisher medals, and presented awards. All participants received a t-shirt, participant's bib, finisher's medal, and a running belt for those who chose a training plan. There was also a chance to win a Wellness prize pack.

A total of 838 people registered for the races, and 426 used training plans. For one third of participants, it was their first 5K. The event successfully engaged employees across the country, from California to South Carolina. An interesting aspect of the event was the voting for charities to receive monetary donations from BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina. Participants who completed the event, whether virtually or in-person, could vote for three charities. The top three charities received donations of $2,500, $1,500, and $1,000 respectively.

3rd U-Haul International – Phoenix, Arizona (Multiple Local Office) – 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 their 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.

4th Vanderbilt University Medical Center – Nashville – 24,000 Employees

Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) is one of the largest academic medical centers in the Southeast, managing more than 2 million patient visits each year. VUMC consists of 6 hospitals, over 90 ambulatory clinics in the Middle Tennessee area, and includes approximately 30,000 total employees.

Vanderbilt University Medical Center's Health Plus health promotion program centers around the "Go for the Gold" health incentive initiative. This three-step program empowers VUMC employees to enhance their well-being. The program guides employees through becoming aware of health risks, taking action to adopt positive health behaviors, and devising a plan for better health. The program's first step involves completing an annual Health Risk Assessment, generating a personalized health report pinpointing areas of health risk. The second step entails engaging in various health actions, including step challenges, hypertension management series, and nutrition education modules. The final step includes watching a health-related video and setting a SMART goal for overall health improvement.

Employees enrolled in VUMC health plans can earn up to $240 annually as an incentive, which can be applied towards deductibles and co-insurance payments. The Go for the Gold initiative has been deeply integrated into VUMC's well-being culture for over two decades. The program consistently witnesses over 50% employee participation each year. The Health Risk Assessment data reveals positive health trends, such as higher wellness scores compared to other healthcare institutions, a consistent 20-year decrease in tobacco use rates, improvements in physical activity and healthy eating habits, and better stress management. Additionally, the program has focused on keeping low-risk factors at a minimum, which means striving to reduce the number of employees who exhibit multiple health risks, thus contributing to the overall well-being of the workforce.