The City of Lexington is proud to be recognized by Triad Business Journal (TBJ) as one of the Triad’s Healthiest Employers of 2017. On November 16th, 2017 the City received its award as a finalist in the midsize category. The Business Journal recognized 16 organizations. Some took top prizes. Lexington competed against Allegacy Federal Credit Union, Highland Industries, High Point University, & Truliant Federal Credit Union. Allegacy took the top prize.
The winners were announced following a celebration and awards ceremony featuring Zumba, Yoga, and Spin Classes. Jewel Ebron, the City's Wellness Coordinator, is very proud and excited about this honor. "Achieving this status has been an unofficial goal for the City since implementing the Working On Wellness Program. This will be the 2nd time we've been recognized. The first time was in 2016." Ebron says it is important for organizations to adopt wellness programs. She says it is a great way to keep employees engaged in their work: "In September 2017, City employees were surveyed and 70% said that it is very important the City provides programs and resources to support physical and financial well-being. 63% said it is very important the City provides programs and resources to support mental well-being." Ebron also pointed out that wellness programs are now the norm and are becoming an expected benefit by employees. She mentioned a 2015 Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) article reporting 80% of employers offer preventative wellness services and information.
TBJ uses a national research firm to determine which employers have the best wellness prorams. The ranking process uses a panel of wellness program questions and scoring metrics that have been developed and refined to create nationally consistent benchmark data. Employers are surveyed based on proprietary methodology, and then are categorized by the number of full-time employees and ranked within size categories.