Posted on: December 17, 2012
Faculty and staff congregated in Howard Hall on Dec. 12 to learn that the Wellness Council of America (WELCOA) selected Clarkson College as a recipient of the 2012 Well Workplace Gold Award for its quality and excellence in worksite health promotion. Deb Tomek, Human Resources Director and Wellness Committee Director, made the announcement and gave a presentation on the significance of the award.
“Clarkson College employees have embraced a well workplace through healthier lifestyles,” said Tomek. “We achieved this award through the hard work and dedication of our Wellness Committee and the participation and commitment of our employees.”
Driven by a pre-defined set of worksite wellness criteria, organizations of all kinds across the nation compete to be recognized as one of America's healthiest companies. To become a Well Workplace Award-winning organization, it must be evident that employee wellness is part of the overall business strategy of the company.
Four designations of the Well Workplace Award are possible to achieve—Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum. Clarkson College was one of just 13 organizations in Nebraska and 45 throughout the U.S. to receive Gold status, which recognizes the development of comprehensive wellness programs that produce results and are a strategic and integral part of the organization. This was the first year Clarkson College applied for the award.
“Clarkson College reached the Gold level by creating a program through our strategic planning process,” Tomek said. “The program was designed and implemented through a team of 10 employees (the Wellness Committee), including faculty, staff and administration.”
The following set of benchmarks determines which status of the award each eligible organization will receive: CEO support, creating cohesive wellness teams, collecting data to drive health efforts, crafting an operating plan, choosing appropriate interventions, creating a supportive environment and consistently evaluating outcomes. Each benchmark is measured by a points system with a total of 180 points available. Clarkson College scored 176.49 points, just a few points shy of the highest Platinum level.
View the complete list of the 2012 Well Workplace Award recipients