A healthy community creates a healthy bottom line.
“There’s no question that workplace wellness is worth it. The only question is whether you’re going to do it today or tomorrow! If you keep saying you’re going to do it tomorrow, you’ll never do it. You have to get on it today.”
- Warren Buffet, Chairman, Berkshire Hathaway
Greater St. Cloud Workplace Well-Being Initiative
This initiative was launched at the GSDC 2015 Well-Being Summit, which was attended by 282 participants representing 125 Employer organizations. These organizations represented the sectors of business, non-profits, cities and counties, K-12 school districts, area colleges and universities, and health and wellness providers.
Three sponsoring organizations have partnered to sponsor the initiative:
CentraCare Health, as a leading healthcare provider in the region, and as a large regional employer, supports this work as consistent with its vision statement and core values.
St. Cloud State University is partnering and contributing as a key health educator and based on its programs to graduate professionals in community health promotion.
The Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation is contributing as an organizer of the region’s employers who in turn purchase health insurance and invest in workplace wellness programming.
The initiative has been made possible through a catalyzing grant of $525,000 over a three-year term.
Improving well-being through the workplace makes sense for a number of reasons.
- People spend significantly more time engaged with employers than with family, at schools, in hospitals and clinics, or in places of worship, and thus workplaces are potentially the most impactful areas to build a “culture of well-being”.
- In the U.S., Employers have long been the “purchaser” of health insurance for employees, influencing plan design, increasingly shifting insurance cost to employees, and increasingly investing in internal wellness programs to improve prevention.
- In a global marketplace and in an environment of scarce “talent”, employee attraction, well-being, and engagement are key drivers of productivity, profitability, and sustainability.
The GSDC Workplace Well-Being Initiative includes five goals and activities:
1. Build a coalition of leaders committed to advancing community health, employer engagement, and employee well-being.
2. Train and certify a coalition of human resource and wellness committee professionals in proven wellness strategies, processes, and programs.
3. Connect employers and employees with local and regional providers of health and well-being education, resources, and services.
4. Measure well-being and advance our brand as a region with high and growing well-being.
5. Create a culture of and common language for well-being in the region.