As an incentive to keep its employees in good health and top physical condition, Blue Oak Energy offers a health and wellness program, complete with an online exercise tracking service and monthly prizes. Blue Oak’s receptionist Victoria Adams manages this program and performs regular tracking and encouragement, which assists staff in their quest for maintaining optimum health, mental stamina and physical condition.
Our company-wide exercise tracking software provides Blue Oak Energy employees with a running record of health and wellness statistics, such as recording the number of miles jogged and routes taken by employees while running, jogging or walking. Employees can track food consumed and calories burned while exercising. Exercising goals can be set by employees with this online health and wellness tool. It can even suggest workout plans, based on these goals.
Adams said additional incentives are added for Blue Oak Energy employees with monthly prizes in five categories. To keep things interesting, the prize-winning categories change from month to month. For instance, for the month of January 2014, prizes were handed out to the Blue Oak Energy employee who exercised for the most overall days, the employee with the longest exercise event, the most consecutive days of exercise by an employee, the most unique event and the most active employee.
February 2014 prize categories include the most improved employee from the prior month, the employee with the longest single activity, the one who put in the most consecutive days of exercise, she or he who registered the most difficult exercise in one day and the employee with the most days of exercise, overall. Several wellness-friendly prizes are handed out. Winners choose from items such as Camelbak hydration packs, Ultimate Pro workout kits and Foot Locker gift cards to hiking backpacks, as well as bocce ball sets and Jamba Juice gift cards.
The main incentive of Blue Oak Energy’s health and wellness program is to encourage staff to get outside and exercise—to perform activities that they would not normally experience, break outside their comfort zone and think beyond their normal limits. Sometimes, the activities occur at work. Adams says twice a month an activity is planned, such as a bike ride or a lunchtime walk.
Other health and wellness privileges include discount gym memberships, monthly newsletters, along with a bulletin board detailing upcoming running, walking and interesting exercise events in the community.
Adams feels that the health and wellness program is just one more reason why Blue Oak Energy is a fantastic company to work for.
“We know that our ability to physically challenge ourselves and reach goals is directly related to our ability to meet and exceed our mental challenges as well,” said Adams.