Originally published on southerncompany.com.
Georgia Power has been honored with a 2019 Best Employers: Excellence in Health & Well-Being Gold Award by the National Business Group on Health, a non-profit association of more than 440 large U.S. employers. The company received the award for providing one of the best offerings of workforce health and employee well-being initiatives in the nation.
“Over the years, our emphasis on well-being has evolved from programs focused solely on physical health to ones that embrace a more total well-being approach for our employees, including mental, emotional and financial health,” said Paul Bowers, chairman, president and CEO, Georgia Power. “We’re committed to creating supportive environments where our employees can thrive, and this recognition is a testament to our efforts.”
As one of only fifty U.S. employers recognized yesterday in San Diego by the National Business Group on Health at its 2019 conference, Georgia Power was praised for its strong commitment to holistic well-being, including offering mental and physical health, social connectedness and community involvement initiatives within company programs.
Winners at the event were honored in one of three categories: Platinum, for organizations that have recognized a connection between workforce well-being and key business outcomes, and implemented a strategy with demonstrated results across several dimensions of well-being; Gold for organizations with a strong commitment to holistic well-being and related metrics; and Silver, for organizations with emerging well-being strategies, often with a focus on physical health.
“Our annual awards recognize organizations that promote the overall well-being of their employees and families,” said Brian Marcotte, president and CEO of the National Business Group on Health. “Georgia Power is among an elite group of employers who recognize the positive impact a culture inclusive of well-being can have on their employees’ productivity and engagement. We congratulate them.”
Georgia Power offers its employees comprehensive benefits plans as well as engaging tools and resources that can be used to live a healthy and more productive life. Using four key areas (Focus, Fuel, Move, Recover), the company educates its employees on physical, mental and emotional, financial, and social well-being by hosting on-site clinics; providing health screenings and fitness facilities; offering workspaces that encourage standing and social connections; inviting vendor partners to discuss sleep health, functional movement, telemedicine and teletherapy; and more.
Additionally, company leaders and employee well-being champions across the state, communicate, educate and engage employees while striving to maintain a safe and supportive workplace that is diverse, inclusive and caring.