In 2012, Ericsson—a Fortune 500 company that services about 40 percent of the world’s mobile traffic through its networks—partnered with Vitality to spark change in their business and elevate the health of their employees. Their hard work has paid off. Recently, the Kansas City Business Journal named Ericsson the winner of Kansas City’s Healthiest Employer 2019 in the category for large companies!
The Healthiest Employer award recognizes companies that have exceptionally utilized their wellness programs to help their people make lifestyle changes. Though this is Ericsson’s first time winning the award, it is not their first time being recognized as one of the healthiest employers in Kansas City. They were also recognized in 2018 and in previous years.
Ericsson has demonstrated essential values that contribute to a thriving healthy workplace: vision, culture and engagement, learning, expertise, and metrics and technology. In concordance with these values, they have fully embraced the depth of Vitality’s health and wellness incentive program and its offerings. Their Kansas City office features 300 employees, and as of November 2018, 75 percent of those employees were participating in the E-Health program, sponsored by Vitality. This is a 10 percent increase from 2015.
In addition to utilizing the Vitality program, Ericsson has incorporated walking stations for their employees to complete their work and has also provided their employees with access to a bike-sharing program. In 2018, they took further steps toward a more holistic health outlook by introducing “Sleep Well,” “Mindful Meditation” and “E-Wealth financial wellness” programs through which employees can earn points for sleeping, prioritizing their mental health, and focusing on their financial health, respectively.
Winning the Healthiest Employer award is a tremendous accomplishment and one that deserves recognition. It’s safe to say the future is bright for Ericsson and its employees! For more information, view the article in the Kansas City Business Journal.