Two new cat­e­gories added to awards

Modern Healthcare - - BEST PLACES TO WORK 2016 -

The young and the healthy. This year’s Best Places to Work in Health­care pro­gram in­cludes two new award cat­e­gories to spot­light those at­tributes of the work­forces at the win­ning or­ga­ni­za­tions.

The new cat­e­gories—the Mil­len­ni­als Award and the Health­i­est Award—look at two pow­er­ful forces at work in Amer­ica: the ris­ing in­flu­ence of the mil­len­nial gen­er­a­tion that en­tered adult­hood around the turn of the 21st cen­tury; and the pres­sure on em­ploy­ers to pro­vide pro­grams and ben­e­fits that will help keep their staffers healthy.

The Mil­len­ni­als Award fi­nal­ists were de­ter­mined based on the num­ber of em­ploy­ees of that age (10% of the firm’s work­force, or at least 25, whichever was greater, had to be un­der age 35), and how en­gaged they are at the com­pany based on the num­ber of re­sponses to the Best Places to Work em­ployee sur­vey ques­tion­naire.

Cri­te­ria for the Health­i­est Award in­cluded the health in­sur­ance eli­gi­bil­ity wait­ing pe­riod; types of plans and cov­er­age of­fered to full-timers and part-timers; avail­abil­ity of fit­ness fa­cil­i­ties; whether the firm pays for health club or fit­ness/well­ness plans; and sev­eral other met­rics. Pro­grams and ac­tiv­i­ties to help elim­i­nate stress and pro­mote work-life bal­ance also were part of the equa­tion.

The or­ga­ni­za­tions pro­filed— rep­re­sent­ing the top fi­nal­ists in the two cat­e­gories of providers/in­sur­ers and sup­pli­ers—take a look at what some in­di­vid­ual or­ga­ni­za­tions are do­ing to keep their work­ers healthy and keep mil­len­ni­als happy.

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