On Friday, June 2, Howard Haft, Secretary of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, presented a gold Wellness at Work award to Legal & General America in recognition of its exemplary accomplishments in worksite health promotion.
The Wellness at Work Awards took place as part of the 8th annual Maryland Workplace Health & Wellness Symposium. Legal & General America was one of 56 businesses to receive an award.
The Wellness at Work Awards are sponsored by Healthiest Maryland Businesses, the state’s initiative to support healthy workplaces. Employers may earn a Gold, Silver, Bronze, or On the Path award. To be eligible for an award, businesses are required to establish leadership support for wellness, create wellness committees, survey the needs and interests of their employees, set health improvement goals, and develop monitoring tools to track their outcomes over time.
Launched in 2010 and based at the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Healthiest Maryland Businesses helps organizations create customized wellness plans, set wellness goals and monitor progress. Six regional coordinators around the state provide personalized guidance to businesses of all sizes. To date, over 460 companies have signed on to take advantage of this program.
Michelle Collins, Customer Service Team Lead and Wellness Committee Member, accepted the award on behalf of Legal & General America. She said, “I believe Legal & General America management shows employees they care by having a top-notch wellness program. The activities that are offered support not just physical, but emotional and mental health. Our wellness program lends great support to each employee, based on their own individual needs and interests. By providing such a wide variety of wellness events, we hope to engage our co-workers, encourage interaction, and fun!”