YORK, Ne. — Lincoln Electric System employees accepted a 2019 Governor’s Wellness Award during a banquet in York, Nebraska, Oct. 16, 2019, putting LES among the over 450 businesses statewide that have received the designation since 2008. This year a total of 42 organizations from 24 communities were honored for offering evidence-based worksite wellness programs for their employees.
LES received the Grower Award at this year’s banquet, one of three award categories. The designation is valid for three years. The Governor’s Wellness Award categories are:
- The Sower Award, recognizing workplaces that have established quality wellness programs.
- The Grower Award, for groups demonstrating significant improvement in employee health behaviors.
- The Harvester award, new in 2019, recognizing businesses that are experiencing documented value and return on investment.
“The Governor’s Wellness Award recognizes businesses that have planted and nurtured a culture of wellness within their organizations,” said Gov. Pete Ricketts. “I applaud these employers for implementing innovative and effective worksite wellness programs. Their efforts help grow a healthier population in Nebraska.”
Employee wellness is an important part of the culture at LES, resulting in a number of positive outcomes. Throughout the past eight years, the electric utility has sustained more than a 70% employee engagement rate in its health and wellness programming, with over 93% of program participants regularly engaged with their doctors. This helps to demonstrate an investment in health at the individual level, enabled by the company as a whole.
In 2018, LES met its goal of reducing the employee obesity rate by 2%.
“Being recognized for this award shows how much we value our employees’ health and well-being here at LES,” said Julie Yuhas, occupational health and wellness specialist at LES. “Having healthy employees ensures we are able to perform to the best of our abilities, allowing us to better serve our customers. We will continue to focus on all aspects of health and wellness, recognizing that it goes well beyond physical activity and nutrition.”
LES employees accept a 2019 Governor’s Wellness Award during a banquet in York, Nebraska, Oct. 16, 2019.