2024 Healthiest Employers of Jacksonville

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2024 Healthiest Employers of Jacksonville

2024 Honorees

June 11, 2024

Healthiest Employers® was started in 2009 as a way to celebrate companies that are putting their people first by investing in the health of their employees. In partnership with Springbuk, we are excited to release the rankings for the 2024 Healthiest Employers of South Florida. 

Each company filled out our annual Healthiest Employers application. The responses are scored Rubric style 1-100 scale. The assessment is comprised 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 application to help rank among companies of similar sizes. For information on how the applications are scored, please visit our methodology page here

In the years following the COVID-19 pandemic, a heavily discussed topic has been whether to return to the traditional office or stay on a hybrid/remote work model. Our South Florida applicants reported that:

  • 0% work completely in the office or on-site
  • 36.4% report that they are on a hybrid schedule with certain days/times in the office
  • 54.5% only provide specific roles or teams with work-from-home opportunities
  • 9.1% are considered a fully remote workforce

Some interesting health and wellness trends among this year’s Jacksonville applicants include: 

  • 100% reporting utilizing key performance indicators and parameters in their programs
  • 90.8% provide paid certifications and licenses for specific roles
  • 81.8% provide tuition reimbursement opportunities to allow employees to advance with their education
  • 81.8% of companies who applied have incorporated wellness into their company values and initiatives
  • 72.7% have health, well-being, and safety committees with executive sponsorship and support
  • 72.7% provide fertility services and support for employees and their families
  • 63.6% are investing in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) training and resources 
  • 54.5% of companies are using social determinants of health to make strategic planning decisions in their program
  • 36.4% have reported that on employee surveys, more than 80% of their workforce has claimed to be happy with their current job

Congratulations to all of our winners this year! Please note that employee counts are based on their national full-time employee count. Write-ups were only completed on the top 3 overall winners.

1st BankUnited, N.A.

Miami Lakes, Florida (Local Office: Jacksonville)
1,264 Employees
2023 Healthiest 100 Workplaces in America Winner

BankUnited, N.A., a wholly-owned subsidiary of BankUnited, Inc., is one of the largest independent depository institutions headquartered in Florida, providing a broad range of consumer and commercial banking products and services to individuals, small businesses, middle-market companies, large corporations, and institutions. BankUnited operates banking centers throughout Florida and New York. 

BankUnited’s wellness program has gained significant visibility and was featured in local news throughout Miami and Broward Counties. The program continues to see over 90% engagement due to various in-person and virtual participation options. In response to the global pandemic in 2020, the company expanded its offerings to include disease management education, with regular webinars featuring local physicians. New initiatives based on employee requests include a 6-week diabetes management program and a mental health identity program. On-site services now also feature skin cancer screenings, dental services, mammograms, eye examinations, and therapeutic workshops. In 2024, a Cancer Support Group led by employee survivors will launch, alongside adoption clinics and volunteer opportunities in partnership with the Humane Society.

“The BankUnited Employee Wellness Program has served as a critical component of my exercise and wellness program since its inception. The convenience of having a state-of-the-art fitness center just steps away provides greater flexibility in the times I can exercise and eliminates many excuses for going to the gym. I have also found that the group classes offer a variety so badly missing from what was my normal routine. It is a true benefit for employees. Additionally, the wellness programming has addressed a number of very important issues that impact our employees daily. I am proud to participate and encourage my teams to engage.” –Juana Sanchez, Bank Operations

2nd U-Haul International

Phoenix, Arizona (Multiple Local Offices)
16,371 Employees
2023 Healthiest 100 Workplaces in America Winner

Since 1945, U-Haul has been the #1 choice of do-it-yourself movers, with a network of more than 23,000 locations across all 50 states and 10 Canadian provinces. In addition, they have a fleet of over 186,000 trucks, 128,000 trailers, 46,000 towing devices, 876,000 rentable storage units, and 75.1 million square feet of self-storage space.

U-Haul is very proud of their Virta offering, a clinically proven treatment to reverse Type 2 diabetes, obesity, and pre-diabetes. Through this treatment plan, U-Haul Team Members have been able to lower their A1c, lose weight, and reduce or eliminate the usage of insulin.  Their mission is to sustainably reverse the conditions without the risks, costs, or side effects of medications or surgeries. 38% of diabetes-specific medications have been eliminated, insulin dosages have been reduced by 63%, and 16,000 total pounds have been lost through the use of this program. 

U-Haul also strives to make healthy lifestyles attainable and affordable, which is why in 2021,  they invested in a 54,000-square-foot corporate fitness center and on-site cafeteria where employees can order healthy meals for less than $5. While U-Haul is a vast corporation, its values are deep-rooted in family culture. From team-building challenges to the sharing of healthy recipes and tips, there is an unmistakable investment in everyone’s wellness journey. 

“The wellness and benefits programs have helped me tremendously with my weight loss journey! As a work-from-home senior agent, the ‘Get Fit Program’ is one of my favorites because it has motivated me to go to the gym more, focus on my fitness goals, and be more active, especially since I am sitting for the majority of my work shift. The reimbursement incentive they offer not only helps alleviate the costs of my gym membership, but the check-ins incentive has me excited and ready to workout every day! I feel healthier, happier, and stronger!” –Leah Short, Senior Agent

3rd Children’s Home Society of Florida

Orlando (Local Office: Jacksonville)
1,031 Employees

CHS delivers the right services at the right time to help children and families through the most difficult times of their lives. They work to help keep more kids safe at home with their families, giving parents confidence and opportunities to build upon their strengths, and empowering them to raise their children in healthy, nurturing homes.

The Wellness Program at Children’s Home Society of Florida is home to many unique offerings for all team members. The variety of programs ensures that there is something for everyone. Examples include $0 copays for diabetic medicine and supplies to help break down barriers to compliance, dental premium holidays, discounts on Noom weight loss support, and free fitness classes. They also offer premium discounts for getting a routine physical exam and completing a health exam, which has helped achieve 53% compliance for annual exams, 33% for cervical exams, and 47% for mammograms. To encourage participation, team members earn points for completing items on the portal throughout the year and once they reach the goal, they are entered into a drawing for a prize. 44% of our population is currently using the portal, with 4,160 log-ins and 13.65 million steps logged in 2023. 

“Wellness is embedded throughout our culture at CHS. Our teams give their all every day to empower Florida's children and families, so we strive to provide them with the tools necessary to achieve their goals and live a well-balanced life. We also understand the importance of mental health support, especially for child welfare warriors like our own, so we're honored to provide meditation rooms in many of our offices across the state, as well as other trauma-informed resources. I'm thankful for the partnership we

share with team members and the support we provide in their wellness journey. Together, we can grow stronger, live well, and continue making a difference for Florida's families.” –Andry Sweet, Chief Executive Officer

4th Gilbane – Providence, Rhode Island (Local Office: Jacksonville) –  3,100 Employees
5th Fidelity National Financial – Jacksonville – 19,000 Employees 
6th CSX – Jacksonville – 22,500 Employees
7th Black & Veatch – Overland Park, Kansas (Local Office: Jacksonville) – 10,440 Employees
8th CSI Companies – Jacksonville – 147 Employees
9th Trailer Bridge – Jacksonville – 310 Employees