The Workplace Well-Being Area of Focus concluded its inaugural survey of businesses’ employee well-being initiatives. The committee reviewed a total of 25 survey responses and is pleased to recognize eight Anchorage organizations with the “Workplace Well-Being Award.” The committee also identified several employers that are truly raising standards in healthy workplace culture through exceptional programs. The WWB Area of Focus is grateful to all of the survey participants and will be releasing a report shortly summarizing the findings of the employer survey. The survey will be re-released to the full employer community in early January, 2017.

Here are some of the exceptional workplace well-being programs in Anchorage.

KPB Architects: What stands out most about KPB Architects’ commitment to employee well-being is the capital investment the company made into motorized stand-up desks to encourage employees to stand up, walk around and not sit all day in front of a computer. KPB also provides multiple opportunities during the year for outside-the-office socializing to bring teammates together in social environments, and offers fully employer-paid health insurance.

ConocoPhillips: The WWB survey review committee was most impressed with the breadth and comprehensiveness of ConocoPhillips’ workplace well-being programs. Though a global company, within Alaska ConocoPhillips offers site-specific wellness committees that fit into their company-wide campaigns to promote health and safety. They complete routine ergonomic assessments of work spaces, provide safety training beyond regulatory requirements and have a “Good For You!” health incentive program focused on nutrition, weight loss and exercise.

Cook Inlet Housing Authority: Want to work somewhere that is so committed to healthy workplace culture that recognition of good work from your peers can earn you a trip to Hawaii? Look no further than Cook Inlet Housing Authority, where all employees, including the CEO, are part of a generous and robust recognition program for adhering to the organization’s mission, values and culture. Employees can earn anything from gift cards to tropical vacations. CIHA also promotes well-being with healthy food choices at on-site lunches, free sessions on financial fitness and generous paid time off, which employees are required to use in order to incent positive work-life balance.

Providence Alaska: The WWB committee recognizes that as a health care services provider, Providence Health & Services Alaska takes its mission seriously for its patients and employees. Providence keeps its employees healthy with annual flu vaccination programs, a medical plan assistance program for low-income families, caregiver assistance programs, weight management and diabetes prevention programs, and tobacco cessation incentives. Providence takes positive steps in helping employees to get access to preventive health care that can keep them healthy longer and also reduce health care costs for themselves and their families.

The Wilson Agency: Although it is a small company, The Wilson Agency has a big mission when it comes to employee well-being. The committee was especially impressed with the comprehensive “WellSteps” program for all employees, which encompasses support and encouragement for physical, mental and emotional health. The Wilson Agency utilizes a scoring sheet for individual health accomplishments, and provides incentives and prizes for healthy choices. WellSteps includes biometric screenings and access to programs that encourage employees to live a healthy lifestyle.

Thread: With 100 percent employer-paid health care premiums, annual “stay” interviews to ensure employees are receiving the support they need, and recently instituted paid parental leave, Thread is raising the bar for employee wellness policies. As a nonprofit committed to affordable child care options for low-income families, Thread walks the talk on giving its own employees paid time off after the arrival of a new child to support healthy families and healthy communities.  The WWB committee was pleased to see that as a small nonprofit, Thread is setting high standards for keeping employees healthy, happy and productive.

The Foraker Group: Organizational culture is critical to workplace well-being, and The Foraker Group has a well-established culture of staying healthy, both physically and mentally. The organization has invested in stand-up desks at every work station, allows new moms to bring babies to work and provides an annual financial reimbursement to employees for health-related activities. Their facility includes a shower for those who want to exercise during the day, and they promote “walk breaks” so that everyone can get up and add some physical activity to their day.

Workplace Well-Being Employer Recognition Awards:

  • Alaska USA Federal Credit Union
  • KPB Architects
  • ConocoPhilips
  • Cook Inlet Housing Authority
  • Providence Alaska
  • The Wilson Agency
  • Thread
  • The Foraker Group


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