Participating in the Wichita Business Journal’s first-ever Healthiest Employers awards has us more pumped than ever about wellness. (Which is really saying something.) We were jazzed to be among 25 local businesses nominated and honored at this high-energy, motivating event. It was great to mingle with and learn from other companies that make health a workplace priority.

The mix of small, medium and large-size businesses offered great insights to the variety of programs out there – and creative means to incentivize participation. Royal Caribbean’s program, for instance, includes a Wellness Warrior award to recognize employees’ achievements.High Touch enhanced its program to include not only physical but also emotional and financial components. The overall winner, IMA, offers a tiered-reward system based on participation, engagement and completion. It rewards team members with insurance premium reductions.

Staying the Course

At Greteman Group, we’ve learned you have to keep mixing things up to maintain interest. While we love our twice-weekly muscle-pump sessions, we’re looking forward to testing our rhythm with some Zumba classes. We’ll let you know how it goes. If nothing else, we ought to get lots of laughs out of watching each other do the steps. Though something tells me Sonia will pick it right up.