We wanted to lead by example and show others that employee wellness efforts can have a really big impact.
Appleton, WI (PRWEB) June 06, 2016
A Wisconsin-based third party administrator (TPA), Cypress Benefit Administrators is the recipient of a 2016 Alla Tua Salute! Corporate Wellness Award from New North B2B in the Mid-Sized Employer category.
This honor – with translation of “To Your Health!” – is awarded to companies in Northeast Wisconsin each year who are committed to providing their employees with exceptional wellness programs that focus on improving health.
Tom Doney, president and CEO of Cypress, explained that employee wellness programs are one of the top tactics the TPA emphasizes when working with its clients to help contain the costs of their health benefits. “We wanted to lead by example and show others that employee wellness efforts can have a really big impact,” he explained. “I feel we’ve accomplished that when you consider the success our team has had in getting healthier and the fact that our benefit costs have dropped by 13% since the wellness program first launched.”
Doney shared that Cypress introduced a coordinated wellness effort five years ago, and since that time, its Appleton location alone has recorded a combined weight loss of 600+ pounds. He says that part of the reason for such positive results is the constant evolution of the program.
“It’s not as simple as announcing a new wellness initiative and then hoping the program will sustain itself once the initial hype wears off,” Doney said. “In our case, we like to make it fun and change things up a bit. Cypress has a dedicated wellness committee that researches ideas, puts them in place and gauges employee participation to keep the momentum going.”
One of the tactics Cypress implemented was swapping out a traditional vending machine filled with snacks and sodas for a HUMAN version that dispenses healthy alternatives. The TPA has also participated in the national KrowdFit movement and taken part in multiple activity challenges. “Cypress Bucks” have been a hit, too, as employees can earn and exchange them for personal time off.
“There’s a really great energy with our wellness program and it’s nice to see employees respond with such enthusiasm whenever there’s another healthy challenge announced,” Doney said.
The factors considered among nominees for the 11th Annual Alla Tua Salute! Corporate Wellness Awards included the use of health risk assessments, employee participation and communication related to wellness efforts. Winners were selected by a panel of professionals.
In addition to receiving a Corporate Wellness Award from New North B2B, Cypress was also featured in the June 2016 edition of the organization’s business magazine.
About Cypress Benefit Administrators
A privately held company headquartered in Appleton, Wis., Cypress Benefit Administrators has been pioneering the way toward cost containment in self-funded health benefits since 2000. The third party administrator (TPA) is the country’s first to bring claims administration, consumer driven health plans and proven cost control measures together into one package for companies ranging from 50 employees to thousands of employees. It serves employer-clients across the U.S. with additional locations in Portland and Salem, Ore., Omaha, Neb. and Denver, Col. For more information on Cypress and its customized employee benefits, visit http://www.cypressbenefit.com.