Great River Energy ranks No. 16 as healthiest workplace in America

Great River Energy was named the 16th healthiest workplace in the nation at this week’s Corporate Wellness Conference in Washington, D.C. where 100 organizations were honored for their commitment to employee health and exceptional corporate wellness.

Great River Energy was not just honored as one of 100 healthy organizations, the organization was awarded 16th place out of more than 5,000 organizations that applied for the award nationally. This makes three years in a row Great River Energy has achieved a top-100 status, placing 31st in 2014, and 14th last year.

“Being named as a finalist for three consecutive years is quite an accomplishment,” said Jason Vollbrecht, leader, benefits. “It’s a testament to how sincerely Great River Energy takes employee health and wellness – you don’t advance in the rankings without a significant, ongoing commitment to a culture of health. The designation as the 16th healthiest employer is just the icing on the cake, really.”

Since completing a wellness culture audit last year, Great River Energy has taken a number of steps to ensure employees’ health and wellness efforts are well supported and sustained. The audit, participating in the Wellness Council of America’s “On the Move” challenge earlier this year and providing employees with free Fitbits were a few measures taken to strengthen the organizations culture of health.

“It’s inspiring to see how other organizations have created a culture of wellness,” Vollbrecht said. “The award ceremony is not only an opportunity to recognize the efforts of other organizations, but to compare ourselves against others and get ideas on how Great River Energy can up its game. Each year the bar gets set higher and higher.”

The Healthiest 100 Workplaces in America award program honors employers of all sizes and industries from across the United States who achieve remarkable and sustainable success through a broad range of corporate wellness programs and employee wellness initiatives. Award applicants were evaluated across six key categories: Vision, Culture/Engagement, Learning, Expertise, Metrics and Technology.

Award recipients were selected through a two-part scoring process. First, employers completed a Strategic Wellness Assessment as part of the national Healthiest Employer Award program that measures six critical dimensions of workplace wellness. The top 35 percent of applicants were invited to participate in the Healthiest 100 Assessment to measure the outcomes of their worksite wellness programs. The year-long assessment was conducted by Healthiest Employers, a leader in employee health analytics, best practices and benchmark data.

Having a fully support workplace culture of health is just another way Great River Energy powers what’s possible.