A healthy community creates a healthy bottom line.
Greater St. Cloud Workplace Well-Being Initiative
Thanks to forward thinking leaders the Greater St. Cloud region already enjoys an economic advantage as a result of workplace health and well-being. And, it will be an even greater advantage as we focus on it across the next decade. Ultimately, improving collective productivity is the purpose of our GSDC Workplace Well-Being Initiative from an economic perspective.
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 activities:
1. WELL-BEING PLEDGE: Build a coalition of leaders committed to advancing community health, employer engagement, and employee well-being.
2. TRAINING AND CERTIFICATIONS: Train and certify a coalition of human resource and wellness committee professionals in proven wellness strategies, processes, and programs.
3.RESOURCE DIRECTORY: Connect employers and employees with local and regional providers of health and well-being education, resources, and services.
4. ASSESSMENT SCORES: Measure well-being and advance our brand as a region with high and growing well-being.
5. WELL-BEING SUMMITS: Create a culture of and common language for well-being in the region.
Three sponsoring organizations have partnered to support 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.