PEBA Partners is an award program that honors employers that demonstrate a dedication to promoting a physically, emotionally and financially healthier workplace. PEBA strives to recognize employers who are setting the bar for workplace well-being programs across the state. Each year, the application will be sent to participating employer groups in May and the winners will be recognized at the annual Benefits at Work conference.
The City of Newberry places a high priority on employee wellness and creating an environment conducive to healthy behaviors. By providing many wellness opportunities, they are working to make the healthy choice the easy choice for their employees. This has created a valuable culture of wellness and many employees are taking advantage of program offerings.
The City has taken various measures to create a healthy work environment. In 2016, a Tobacco-Free Workplace policy was implemented. Worksite screenings were offered with more than 80 percent participation rates. To reward employees and retirees for taking part in the screening, and omelet and fruit bar were made available for them to enjoy after they had completed the process. Finally, onsite wellness education and workshops were made a priority. Workshops included onsite massages, Yoga, Zumba, and Ballet Bar while wellness education classes covered everything from diabetes and colon health to mosquito control. To facilitate engagement, employees are allowed up to one hour of paid time to participate in these offerings.
One area the City has focused on recently has been re-evaluating its employee fitness programs. The City introduced a third gym membership option, now allowing employees to choose from a one-on-one training program, a family focused program, or a high intensity program. Understanding that not all employees are at the same fitness level, this allows employees to find the right program for them. To increase engagement, employees can earn money back on their membership costs each month by spending more time at the gym. With this initiative, the City enrollments have increased 180 percent and memberships have sustained a 100 percent retention rate annually since its inception.
Understanding that fun competitions can inspire healthy eating and increased physical activity, the City has offered many challenges in the past year. Examples include a Healthy Recipe Contest, a weight loss challenge, and a 10,000 Steps Program. Periodic communications highlighting the corresponding health benefits of certain activities have generated more buy-in to the challenges and maintenance of the behaviors. As a result, work related injuries and absenteeism has markedly declined.
The city also recognizes that mental and financial health are important for their employees overall well-being. In an effort to promote mental health awareness, the City has provided enhanced communications encouraging use of its EAP resources through Vocational Rehabilitation and SCLED. To increase financial wellness, financial planning workshops are held at least twice a year through the S.C. Deferred Compensation system. The City uses retirement planning as an opportunity to partner with area agencies such as the local school system to offer additional, local connections for employees to get needed advice and counsel from the Social Security Administration, PEBA and the SC Deferred Compensation Program. This year the City put a concerted effort in place to encourage employees under 40 to get more in tune with defining their own retirement destiny through participation in the Deferred Compensation Program. The results of this effort increased participation with this age group by 20 percent.
Finally, the City also made efforts to ensure employees are aware of the wellness initiatives offered by the State Health Plan, PEBA Perks, Rally, and that the health management programs are regularly promoted to employees. Programs such as these provide valuable resources that help guide employees to healthier lifestyles.
Aiken Technical College (ATC) recognizes that healthy faculty and staff are more likely to achieve the goals set forth in campus strategic and academic plans. Through collaborative efforts across campus, our Healthy Campus Initiatives have created a culture in which the pursuit of a balanced lifestyle is valued, health is fostered, and employees of the College are encouraged to take responsibility for choosing to be well.
Through continued collaborative efforts, the college has implemented new healthy campus initiatives as well as improved upon those previously fulfilled. These initiatives have included the following: informational and educational communication regarding health and wellness; campus sessions on nutrition, anxiety/stress management, exercise, caring for aging parents, and balancing work and home life; and wellness focused events to include a campus wide walk and scavenger hunt, walking sessions with our President, exercise classes, health screenings and flu shot clinics, as well as a “Know Your Numbers” session partnered with our Nursing Students to offer free screenings and a Pamper Yourself Day during Employee Appreciation Week where we offered chair massages and distributed health/wellness educational materials. We also devoted a whole week partnered with our Student Experience department to promoting a Healthy Campus through Emotional, Financial, Mental, Physical and Spiritual Fitness. In addition, based on the findings of our Group Health Report, we distributed Cheerios and information about lowering your cholesterol. ATC has also continued our healthier snack options in all campus vending. Other health focused items have been distributed to faculty and staff to include gym passes, water bottles, pedometers, dental hygiene products, stress balls, hand sanitizers, a one-hour massage, tissues to promote cold/flu season awareness, insulated lunch totes with tupperware and plastic silverware included to promote bringing your lunch and eating out less and various other health related products.
Aiken Technical College wants employees to continue to bring the best of themselves to their jobs every day and encouraging our employees to embrace a wellness lifestyle pays off in many ways!
The South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (SCDHHS) is committed to helping South Carolinians receive better care for a better value to achieve better health. This commitment includes not only how we coordinate health care services for the 1 million plus beneficiaries in our state, but also includes consideration of the overall health of the 1,600 agency employees working in 46 counties across the state.
To assist employees, achieve a healthier life in body, mind and spirit and realize work life balance, SCDHHS has implemented Health360°, an employee wellness program designed to provide the support and tools to adopt a better lifestyle and achieve total health. The following health benefits and wellness activities are offered as part of this program:
Health education programs offered through PEBA
The emphasis on the importance of providing various opportunities for all employees to obtain and sustain their health and well-being continues to be one of the top priorities for the Charleston County Government (CCG) employee Well-Being Program. The Six Dimensions of Well-Being is the model that we designed and utilize to promote and support the priority of these values for a healthy balanced lifestyle. Learn more
In the late fall, it was brought to the attention of the Well-Being committee members that not everyone is aware of the importance of several yearly preventative care visits – such as the once a year eye exam, the once a year (minimum) dental exam, and a yearly exam by a dermatologist to check for skin cancers. Therefore, this year the Well-Being Program has focused on providing resources, workshops and subject matter experts (SME) on Self-Care/Preventative Care. The goal is to reinforce that preventative care can potentially save your life, at minimum a diagnosis at an earlier stage, which could extend your life, and a reminder that “you can’t take care of anyone else if you don’t take care of yourself”. We continue to offer the free on-site mammograms provided by MUSC’s Hollings Cancer Center Mobile Mammography bus twice a year at three centrally located work-sites.
As part of the increased focus on the Self-Care/Preventative Care dimension, we introduced an incentive campaign to encourage increased participation in the yearly on-site health screenings for all benefits eligible employees. There was an increase from 17% to 26%. Participants received additional information on the various programs offered through PEBA as part of their health insurance coverage, such as the No-Pay Co-Pay program, the Health Coaching, the Diabetes Education & free supplies available, etc.
We experienced an 18% participation increase in a local CSA program this past spring season by adding the benefit of payroll deduction. We are anticipating an additional increase in the upcoming fall season. For employees that are not interested in participating in the CSA program, they have the opportunity to purchase fresh local produce, fruits, honey, etc. from a local farmer that visits multiple worksites on a weekly basis with a bus that they converted into a “Rolling Veggie Bus”. Due to increased requests, the farmer’s “Rolling Veggie Bus” has added an additional county location to their weekly route.
The free on-site fitness centers continue to be very popular with our employees; attendance has also increased in the free on-site yoga and barre classes; we actually added two more classes at other locations.
The CCG Well-Being Program continues to communicate and promote the importance of an overall healthy balanced lifestyle.
York County School District Three offers flu shots at all 28 locations. We also email each the mammogram information and locations which are in the State Health Plan network. During the new hire orientations, we cover the PEBA Perks in depth. We also have many healthy topics on the District website for everyone to view and refer many employees to the site. Our District has held aerobics classes for those interested as well.
Tools provided by PEBA, including E-blasts, the PEBA Update and Health Hub content, are regularly distributed to all employees to promote wellness opportunities and highlight related benefits in the State Health Plan. Greenville County School District has even gone a step further to provide their employees with additional resources by creating their own wellness articles and newsletters. A “Healthy Living Tips” article gives employees advice on healthy behaviors. The “E-Management Memo”, a weekly electronic newsletter, is emailed to principles and administrators with health information to share with their employees. Finally, the “E-Bulletin Board” is sent out twice a month to all district employees with additional wellness topics.
Greenville County School District has also partnered with LiveWell Greenville to help ensure access to healthy eating and active living in the surrounding area. This makes it easier for their employees, as well as community members, to make healthy choices.
Through hosting preventive screenings, distributing health information, and forming community partnerships, Greenville County School District is working to create a supportive environment that fosters healthy behaviors for their employees.