To find a good example of proactive wellness activities leading to lower organizational health care costs, look no further than ThedaCare At Work.
This occupational wellness program has been administered by ThedaCare to Hoffmaster Group Inc. — an Oshkosh-based manufacturer of party goods like cups, plates, napkins and more — since 2011.
The company’s 1,000-or-so employees who work at its Clintonville and Oshkosh plants have access to personal health assessments, flu shots, on-site injury care, smoking cessation assistance and more. Workers can also take advantage of the employee assistance plan to get support on any number of issues, including stress in the workplace or at home.
“We do and have experienced great benefits from having occupational health on site, including a physical therapist who conducts ergonomics studies for workstations or employees with special concerns,” said Dave Vierthaler, vice president of human resources, quality, and environmental health and safety at Hoffmaster.
Patty DeGoey, head of corporate human resources for Hoffmaster, says she saw health care costs go down after both plants cut out smoking on site in March 2015 and ThedaCare At Work supported employees’ efforts to quit. Read the story here.