A Benefit’s Worth 1000 Words: 6 Companies Investing in Employee Well-Being

Employees don’t just need to hear they’re supported — they need to feel it. These companies share how they’re investing in workplace wellness.

Written by Mia Goulart
Published on May. 15, 2024
A Benefit’s Worth 1000 Words: 6 Companies Investing in Employee Well-Being
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People first, business second. 

While many companies tout a people-first mantra, true commitment requires more than just words. It requires creating an environment that revolves around the well-being of employees through tangible benefits that support physical health, mental and emotional health.

According to research by the Health Enhancement Research Organization, 90 percent of companies reported improvements in both performance and productivity after prioritizing employee wellness. 

Among the companies seeing these benefits is AdCellerant, demonstrating their commitment to employees through initiatives like their wellness program, AdCellerant BeWell. 

“This approach meets our team where they are and lays the foundation for healthier habits and a more supportive workplace,” said Senior Manager of People Ops and Administration Amy Fountain.  

Recently, Built In Colorado sat down with Fountain, as well as people leaders from Artifact Uprising, Digible and more, to learn how they’re promoting a people-first workplace. 

 

Erin Hargis
HR Generalist • Artifact Uprising

Artifact Uprising creates premium quality customizable photo goods for digital photos. 

 

What are some of the key ways your company invests in the well-being of your employees? 

We prioritize the mental and physical well-being of our employees. Central to this commitment is our open PTO policy, empowering employees to take time off as needed, whether for personal or work-related reasons. We encourage our team to utilize this benefit, particularly after heightened stress. Our employee benefits package also includes an array of mental health resources, many of which are provided at no cost. These resources provide access to talk therapy sessions and facilitate quick and convenient connections with counselors, doctors and other healthcare professionals within our network.

 

“We encourage our team to utilize paid time off, particularly after heightened stress.”

 

The last couple of years have been especially taxing on people’s physical and mental health. How has your company adapted or expanded your benefits offerings to support employees’ needs and meet them where they are?

Recognizing that mental health is directly tied to physical health, we introduced a partnership with ClassPass so that all employees have access to gyms, fitness studios and wellness options — no matter where they live — and at zero cost to the employee. Additionally, we’ve implemented flexible work arrangements to accommodate individual needs and alleviate the pressures of balancing personal and professional responsibilities.

 

Courtney Wright
Director of Employee Experience • Digible

Digible provides a suite of digital marketing solutions to transform the apartment marketing industry. 

 

What are some of the key ways your company invests in the well-being of your employees? 

Digible is one of the most unique companies I have worked for — in all the best ways! Our entire benefits package was created with our employees’ needs in mind and we have consistently focused on how we can address the changing concerns of our employees. We truly value the experience our employees have and work hard to ensure they can give us feedback if we ever miss the mark. That is where we are proactive with employee engagement surveys. Our team is encouraged to provide open and honest feedback, creating opportunities for better collaboration and fostering an amazing workplace. We also conduct engagement surveys at least twice a year to gain anonymous feedback from our team on several topics to ensure they feel heard and understood. 

 

The last couple of years have been especially taxing on people’s physical and mental health. How has your company adapted or expanded your benefits offerings to support employees’ needs and meet them where they are?

Digible is consistently reviewing our benefits package and improving offerings based on the current needs of our team. In 2023, we added a wellness stipend for several services that increase their well-being, which many of our team members use for gym memberships, yoga classes, massages and therapy. In early 2023, we also noticed that our team was asking questions related to the financial climate of our economy and how to best navigate changes so we added financial consultations with a certified financial planner as a part of our benefits package. 

 

“We’re consistently improving our benefits package based on the current needs of our team.”



It is a part of our overall mission to be a role model for employee culture, and that starts with being dialed into what our team needs — even if that means we need to pivot as a leadership team. Our team is our secret sauce for success, and ensuring they are fulfilled is a major proponent of our purpose. 

 

Jennifer Mongeois
Director of People Operations • Scythe Robotics

Scythe Robotics builds intelligent, all-electric machines that care for the outdoors pollution-free.

 

What are some of the key ways your company invests in the well-being of your employees? 

We prioritize our employees’ diverse needs and support their work-life balance with comprehensive benefits and resources. Knowing everyone manages stress differently, we’re committed to meeting them where they are. 

     

    HOW SCYTHE ROBOTICS IS INVESTING IN WELL-BEING

    Some of the company’s perks include:

    • Anonymous reporting channels for a safe workplace
    • Monthly counseling cost reimbursement
    • Comprehensive insurance coverage
    • Quarterly mental health days
    • Monthly gym allowances
    • Robust sabbatical program

     

    The last couple of years have been especially taxing on people’s physical and mental health. How has your company adapted or expanded your benefits offerings to support employees’ needs and meet them where they are?

    In response to the unique challenges of the last few years, we continuously evolve our approach based on our employees’ needs. 

    We not only adapt but expand our benefits offerings to ensure that our team members have access to diverse resources and support systems tailored to their circumstances. Our goal is to foster a culture that destigmatizes mental health in the workplace and encourages open dialogue and support. By continuously refining and augmenting our benefits offerings, we aim to demonstrate our unwavering commitment to the health and happiness of our employees, recognizing that their well-being is paramount to the company’s success and sustainability.

     

    Amy Fountain
    Senior Manager, People Ops and Administration • AdCellerant

    AdCellerant provides businesses access to digital marketing technology and solutions through partnerships with media companies and agencies. 

     

    What are some of the key ways your company invests in the well-being of your employees? 

    One of our core pillars is a focus on our team members’ success and well-being. We prioritize this through our wellness program, AdCellerant BeWell, and aim to facilitate, encourage and incentivize better wellness practices for mind and body. Our initiatives range from diverse daily challenges that encourage healthy habits, such as water intake and fresh air breaks, to our “Get Active to Give Back” program where employee physical activities convert into meals donated to the Food Bank of the Rockies. 

    Our employees have free access to comprehensive telehealth services, regardless of their benefits enrollment, ensuring that professional health advice is just a click or call away. We also host various workshops and events, fitness testing with local exercise science interns and fun team activities like, my favorite, field day. Starting this May, we’re partnering with GymPass to offer our team members free or discounted access to over 50,000 gyms, studios and personal trainers worldwide, along with wellness apps like Calm, Strava and more. 

     

    The last couple of years have been especially taxing on people’s physical and mental health. How has your company adapted or expanded your benefits offerings to support employees’ needs and meet them where they are?

    We have emphasized a multi-faceted approach to wellness, and our initiatives focus on daily opportunities for mental and physical health benefits. This approach is not about pushing limits, competitive metrics or doing the most. Rather, we aim to encourage consistent, small actions that enhance well-being, like walking breaks, achieving hydration goals or taking moments to stretch, ensuring our wellness efforts are accessible and sustainable and enable team members to participate in a way that suits them best. 

     

    “Our approach is not about pushing limits. Rather, we aim to encourage consistent, small actions that enhance well-being.”

     

    Kaitlin Vaillancourt
    Culture and Engagement Specialist • FareHarbor

    FareHarbor is the leading booking and business management solution for tours, activities, rentals and attractions.

     

    What are some of the key ways your company invests in the well-being of your employees? 

    We take a holistic approach when it comes to nurturing employee well-being. 

    For physical health, we have a great gym with yoga and exercise classes offered during lunch and after hours. To support mental health, we have access to apps for meditation and mindfulness and offer a free employee assistance program to all employees and their dependents. This provides counseling services and digital content to support other aspects of well-being. 

     

    WELLNESS BEYOND WORK

    FareHarbor employees are given eight paid volunteer hours per year and the company has an engagement budget to organize activities that foster camaraderie beyond the workplace.

     

     

    We also have wellbeing ambassadors who play a key role in finding and creating resources based on employee needs and sharing these in our global wellbeing Slack channel.

     

    The last couple of years have been especially taxing on people’s physical and mental health. How has your company adapted or expanded your benefits offerings to support employees’ needs and meet them where they are?

    We have made significant expansions to our benefits offerings. 

    We continue to empower employees to work where they work best by offering a hybrid working model, providing everyone an ergonomic desk chair, a standing desk and a monthly stipend to support costs associated with working from home. We also offer a variety of leave policies because we recognize that to come to work as your full self, you have to take care of yourself outside of work, too. This year we increased our PTO to 26 days and offer a separate pool of sick days so employees no longer have to choose between personal time and tending to their mental or physical health. Recognizing employee well-being takes time and energy, we’ve created a new role that shapes and nurtures our organizational culture. 

     

    Tory Howarth
    Senior Manager, Compensation & Benefits  • Contentful

    Contentful is a platform where you can update the content of your website, a mobile app or any other platform that displays content.

     

    What are some of the key ways your company invests in the well-being of your employees? 

    We prioritize the holistic well-being of our employees, recognizing that their health and happiness are crucial for collective success. Here are some key ways we invest in the well-being of our team members: 

     

    CONTENTFUL’S WELLNESS PERKS INCLUDE:

    • No-cost healthcare coverage for employees and subsidized costs for dependents and families.
    • Competitive paid leave for family growth and separate time off for loss, including reproductive loss.
    • Flexible working hours.
    • Professional development through education reimbursement.
    • Paid volunteering time.
    • Onsite well-being services and stipends.

     

    The last couple of years have been especially taxing on people’s physical and mental health. How has your company adapted or expanded your benefits offerings to support employees’ needs and meet them where they are?

    To account for the changing workforce landscape, both existing and new benefits offerings are available virtually to support a distributed workforce without compromising user experience. Contentful has remained dynamic in how our benefits are structured and designed to support the whole human. Meeting employees where they are remains a pillar in our benefits philosophy so that access to programs and resources is easily available and customizable to personal needs.

     

     

    Responses have been edited for length and clarity. Images provided by Shutterstock and listed companies.

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