For the second consecutive year, the Triangle Business Journal named Railinc as one of the 35 Healthiest Employers in the Triangle. The list 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.
"We've made wellness an important part of our culture because it has a positive benefit for our employees and the company," said Kristen Sandstrom, director of human resources. "We're proud of this recognition, and it's a testament to our employees and the healthy choices they make every day."
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 2012, we launched a voluntary wellness program that gives employees resources to get active, make healthy lifestyle choices and save money, including:
On-site Nutrition Counseling and Education: Want to set up a healthy eating plan or learn how to make a tasty smoothie? We offer free, on-site, one-on-one nutrition counseling, as well as educational opportunities like wellness lunch and learns and healthy cooking demonstrations.
Free Access to Gyms: Employees can just walk downstairs to work out in our newly renovated gym, and Railinc subsidizes memberships to O2 Fitness.
Yoga, Bootcamp and Activities: We have many ways to get active with our colleagues, from yoga in our largest meeting room to on-site boot camp sessions led by O2 Fitness trainers to employee-led sports teams and activities like a company 5K race and walk.
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