Railinc has appeared in the 35 Healthiest Employers in the Triangle by the Triangle Business Journal which recognizes employers in the region that make "wellness a priority while proactively shaping the health of their employees." Railinc joined a stellar group of companies and organizations on the list, including Lenovo, WakeMed, the Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority and Fidelity Investments.
"The wellness programs we offer at Railinc cover all dimensions of health to provide a complete pillar of self-care for our employees. We encourage our employees to use all our available resources and tools as a foundation to create achievable goals in sustaining a healthy lifestyle." —Jacqueline Grimm, wellness coordinator
Railinc Encourages Fitness, Fun, Accountability
So what does it take to be among the Triangle's healthiest employers? It doesn't take a work force full of athletes. While a few of our employees played college sports, we're mostly just like everyone else—we enjoy weekend runs, a lunchtime walk and pick-up volleyball at the park near the office.
You do need an environment that encourages fitness, fun and accountability, and that's what we've worked to create. In 2020, we expanded our wellness programs by hiring a wellness coordinator to lead onsite and remote health and wellness programs to encourage healthy habits not only in the workplace, but also at home. Some of these programs include:
Fitbit Challenges: We give every employee a Fitbit fitness tracker, and our people compete in regular step challenges for fun and friendly competition between work colleauges.
Onsite Health Education Presentations: We collaborate with local and national fitness and wellness vendors to educate employees on healthy eating, physical activity, stress management, financial wellness and prevention of chronic disease.
Free Access to Gyms: Employees can just walk downstairs to work out in our onsite gym, and Railinc subsidizes memberships to O2 Fitness.
Yoga, Bootcamp and Activities: We have many ways to get active with our colleagues, from onsite yoga or bootcamp classes to employee sports and recreation programs.
Easy Access to Outdoor Activities: Railinc's office is adjacent to a private greenway and a short walk to a Town of Cary park with basketball and sand volleyball courts and to trails that connect to Lake Crabtree Park and Umstead State Park.
The Results Are In
We're seeing results. Many employees have made significant changes to improve their health, getting more active, losing weight and eating better. Almost everyone has gotten involved—our participation rate since launching the Wellness Program is more than 99 percent.
The company has benefited, too. The program has helped offset increases in our health insurance premiums in each of the last three years and has enabled Railinc to realize significant cost savings, which get passed on to employees.
—Railinc Corporate Communications