Albuquerque Business First is hosting its sixth Healthiest Employers Awards to honor 18 companies in New Mexico that have succeeded in creating healthy workplaces for its employees.
The 2018 Healthiest Employers Awards will take place at the Health Summit on Thursday, March 8 at the Albuquerque Convention Center. The awards event will be preceded by a health panel discussion led by various New Mexico health care professionals.
Giant company category honoree (more than 5,000 employees)
This nationwide telecommunications company recognizes the correlation between healthy employees and productive employees. Verizon has invested in onsite health and wellness centers throughout the country, and New Mexico is no exception.
Verizon employees have access to an onsite gym facility, locker rooms, showers and two full-time health & wellness coordinators. These wellness professionals organize health events, fitness classes and individualized training programs to help employees stay healthy and fit both in and out of the office.
Both employees and their families are invited to participate in activities such as co-ed sports leagues, weekend hikes and community outreach. The company also holds quarterly charity drives in partnership with local schools, Roadrunner Food Bank and local domestic violence shelters.
Verizon’s benefits package includes a free tobacco cessation resource called QuitNet, which employees and their spouses can utilize. There is also a Backup Care Advantage program designed to provide temporary care for children or elderly family members.
The interactive online program, WellConnect, provides employees a portal to navigate their health statistics and monitor their progress.
When it comes to diet, Verizon encourages employees to eat healthy by providing healthier rewards and incentives through the onsite cafe. Employees can also take advantage of the call center’s game room and zen room, where they can engage in a ping pong battle or meditation break between taking calls.
Companies nominated themselves for the Healthiest Employers awards and completed an online survey of their wellness programs designed by Healthiest Employers LLC Albuquerque Business First’s survey partner. The survey was developed with input from doctors, human resources professionals and corporate executives. Each employer was scored using the Healthiest Employer Index, which measures factors such as an organization’s wellness culture, strategy, communications, programming and analysis. The highest scorers are our honorees.
New Mexico’s 2018 Healthiest Employers Awards is sponsored by True Health New Mexico Inc.