OHIC Insurance Co. offers a boost to employees making healthy resolutions, regardless of whether its the New Year.
The company pays half the cost, up to $250 a year, per employee for memberships in health clubs and weight reduction, smoking cessation or other wellness programs.
That investment, about $8,000 a year, seems to work, says company President Tim Wiechers. More than half of the 82 employees at the companys downtown office and Dublin subsidiary, CCI Admin Inc., take advantage of the perk.
Employees have even found bargains. Programmer analyst Tod Jervey, for example, joined the YWCA Health & Fitness Center downtown and learned of its Fitness for Free week, during which all employees could use the facilities without charge. All OHIC employees, then, became eligible for a $35 off annual corporate membership discount when they joined. The YWCA also offers free helpin the form of pre-written e-mail messages, newsletter articles, payroll stuffers and mailbox fliersto companies that want to promote fitness among employees, says fitness director Char Christensen.
OHIC promotes its own benefits, which Wiechers says are designed to help employees feel better and thus work better, through monthly newsletters, employee orientations and wellness programs.
If our sole purpose was to do it just to see a huge decrease in health care costs, we probably wouldnt be doing it, Wiechers says. Were doing it not only for recruitment and retention, but for peace of mind for the employees.