Atlanta, Georgia (PRWEB) December 19, 2013
Foundation Financial Group hosted an on-site flu vaccination clinic at its Atlanta and Jacksonville Regional Sales Centers, which are respectively located at 100 Galleria Pkwy #1400 and 225 Water Street #2100. The flu vaccination clinics are part of the financial services corporation’s 2014 Wellness Campaign, which promotes healthy living for employees.
“This event was an early start to our 2014 Wellness Campaign because FFG wanted to protect our employees from getting sick during the holiday season,” said Bradley Smith, vice president of human resources. “We encourage our employees to be proactive instead of reactive about their personal health.”
Free flu shots were available to all of FFG’s Aetna-covered employees and their Aetna-covered dependents. Approximately 60 percent of the corporation’s staff in Jacksonville and Atlanta was eligible for the free vaccines. Those who do not utilize Foundation Financial Group’s medical plan had the option of paying $23 for a flu shot, a reduced price that employees could also extend to non-Aetna-covered family members and friends.
The flu is defined as a contagious respiratory sickness that results when influenza viruses infect the nose, throat, and lungs. Generally the flu causes mild to severe illness, but it can be fatal. People who have the flu can spread it through droplets released when coughing, sneezing, or talking. According to the Center for Disease Control, flu vaccinations are the most effective way to prevent the flu and the spread of infection.
“We’re reminding our employees of proper flu etiquette, like covering your mouth or nose with a tissue before coughing or sneezing,” continued Smith. “We recommend washing your hands often and using hand sanitizer when necessary. These precautions will help prevent the spread of germs in the workplace. Being sick is bad enough, but nobody wants to be the reason an entire department is miserable.”
The CDC estimates influenza annually costs corporations $6.2 billion in lost productivity and an additional $10.4 billion in direct medical expenses. Studies show that flu shots reduce work absentee rates due to illness by 36 percent. Foundation Financial arranged its flu vaccination clinics through Healthy Achievers, a health services company that assists corporations with encouraging personal wellness.
“The bottom-line is that in order to be successful, we must first be healthy and well,” said Smith, who got a flu shot this year. “FFG had a great turnout. We plan to continue offering on-site flu vaccinations and remain dedicated to finding ways to help our employees live healthy.”
About Foundation Financial Group
Foundation Financial Group is a multibillion dollar financial services corporation. FFG offers its customers Best in Class service through its Insurance, Retirement, and Mortgage Services. Named one of the fastest growing financial companies in the country by Inc. Magazine for the third year running, FFG has continued to grow its nationwide presence with over 100,000 new customers per year in 39 states. In addition to the value that Foundation Financial provides every customer, it is also dedicated to its communities and the people who live in them. Through a vast array of philanthropic endeavors, the company not only provides significant monetary donations but also fosters a workforce environment that encourages all team members to personally make a difference. Foundation Financial is committed to its strong focus on customer service and community investment as it continues to grow and compete with the largest financial institutions in the world.
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