The Business Council of Fairfield County has honored Sacred Heart University as a gold award winner in its annual Healthy Workplaces best practices competition.
Sacred Heart earned its ninth consecutive recognition because of its success in promoting healthy lifestyles and practices among its employees and workplace. Since 2010, SHU has earned the gold award eight times and achieved the platinum award once.
The University’s Office of Human Resources instituted the SHU Employee Wellness Program in the fall of 2007. Aiming to promote good health and provide faculty and staff with ways to improve their well-being, the effort has contributed to the University’s healthy workplace recognition in recent years, said Sally Schettino, program leader and HR project manager.
Among the wellness offerings is an incentive that gives employees a $360 credit annually earning that offsets the medical premium costs. “Employees are required to complete their annual physical or biometric screening and attend the SHU annual health fair or complete a health risk assessment,” said Liz Henderson, director of employee benefits. “For 2018, 66 percent of our employees are earning this wellness credit and we hope to increase that result for 2019.”
“We are always looking for new and better ways to engage our faculty and staff in wellness initiatives, because we believe that a healthy employee is a happy employee. Our most recent initiative was to provide a fitness facility and full-time wellness professional for our employees. So far, it has been utilized and very well received,” Schettino concluded.